Hoopeston, Ill. – The community of Hoopeston didn’t let a little rain get in the way of raising money for their local emergency responders. On October 5, 2013, several Hoopeston businesses and organizations came together to put on a fundraiser for their “Hometown Heroes” that raised over $16,000 to replace damaged emergency equipment from the recent tire factory fire.
The event on October 5 was filled with food, live music, and face painting and other family fun. The party continued onto the evening with a live auction, and three live bands who entertained the crowd all night. Over 15 local businesses and organizations came together to help execute the event.
The committee for this fundraiser consisted of individuals from Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center (CHRHC), City of Hoopeston, Jaycees, Rotary Club, and WHPO. This committee began meeting in August, after the Board of Directors at CHRHC decided that something needed to be done to thank our local emergency response crews.
Volunteers from the Jaycees, WHPO, Carle Hoopeston, Lion’s Club, Music Boosters, Anthem Chevrolet, Crown Ford, the City of Hoopeston, and many others came together to ensure that the night was a huge success.
Hoopeston Fire Chief Cliff Crabtree said, “The support from the community has been overwhelming. We can never repay the kindness of so many business owners, citizens, and organizations, but we hope to be able to show everyone that their generosity will never be forgotten and continue to serve and protect the community.”