Tickets on sale for March 20 Tornado Fund Chicken Dinner Fund-raiser

BELVIDERE—Organizers of the Chicken Dinner Fund-raiser announced that tickets are on sale for the event. Belvidere Community Unit School District No. 100, Belvidere Bank, the City of Belvidere and Aramark are partnering together to plan the dinner fund-raiser Tuesday, March 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Belvidere High School Café. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance at the following ticket outlets: all Belvidere schools, Belvidere Bank locations (600 S. State St., 1425 N. State St., 1988 Gateway Center Drive), Belvidere City Hall (401 Whitney Blvd.), the Boone County Historical Museum (311 Whitney Blvd.), and the Belvidere Daily Republican office (130 S. State St.).

The dinner fund-raiser will include a chicken dinner, and guests will also be able to purchase raffle tickets for gift items and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds from the dinner fund-raiser will benefit the Enterprise (Alabama) High School Tornado Relief Fund and the Belvidere Tornado Memorial Fund.

As the 40th anniversary of the 1967 tornado that destroyed Belvidere’s high school and city approaches, a local committee involving the City of Belvidere, the Belvidere School District, and local community members has been organizing a fund-raising effort to build a memorial sculpture in the shape of a tornado to commemorate the 40th anniversary. The sculpture, a 6-foot or more stainless steel memorial, will list the date of the tornado and the names of the victims and will be placed outside Belvidere High School. With a goal of $20,000, the Belvidere Tornado Memorial Fund has been set up to receive contributions toward this sculpture.

Although nearly 40 years apart, the effects of the natural disaster that hit Enterprise, Ala., and its high school March 1 hit close to home, and local support efforts were quickly organized to send financial support to Enterprise High School. The Enterprise High School Tornado Relief Fund was organized by the Belvidere community to send money to Enterprise High School as they rebuild their school and community. The goal of the fund is $40,000, and contributions can be made through Friday, March 16.

If people are unable to attend the dinner fund-raiser March 20, they can still contribute to the two tornado funds at any Belvidere Bank location.

For more information about the dinner fund-raiser, call the Belvidere Community Unit School District No. 100 at (815) 544-8528 or Belvidere Bank at (815) 231-1890. For questions about either tornado fund or to make a donation, contact Belvidere Bank at (815) 544-2400.

from the issue March 14-20, 2007, issue

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