Photo: Colin Hinkle
The Peoria Rivermen organization would like to extend its heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those affected by the horrific storms in central Illinois on Nov. 17. Many Rivermen fans lost their homes in both Pekin and Washington, and will continue the rebuilding process in the coming weeks and months.
In support of the recovery process, the Rivermen pledge to do their part over the next several weeks and months to help raise funds for those affected in many of the hard hit areas. In addition, Friday, Dec. 20 has been designated “Central Illinois STRONG Night” against the Bloomington Thunder.
OT Sports, "The Official Jersey Supplier to the SPHL," will be designing special Rivermen jerseys for Dec. 20 that will be auctioned off live following the game. 100% of all proceeds from that auction will be donated to the local American Red Cross to benefit families in central Illinois.
"By talking to those on the ground and those agencies helping out, they have told us that the easiest and best way to get help and resources to those in need is through financial donations," Rivermen co-owner Bart Rogers said. "In times of need, it's refreshing to see so many people instantly step forward to help in the area. As soon as it's safe to assist in the clean-up, our players, coaches and staff will be on the ground side-by-side working to help get life back to normal.”
“We ask all sports fans across our area, and fans of other SPHL teams, to step forward and make a monetary donation to help our local cause. As other needs arise down the road, we will adjust and continue to help assist where our organization can.”
To donate directly to the local American Red Cross online, please visit https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod10002. Fans can also donate by phone by calling 1-800-REDCROSS and specifying that your donation go directly to the Central Illinois Tornado Relief.
To view the Washington, IL tornado relief Facebook page, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-IL-Tornado-Recovery/361545887315736.