Chicago Bears step up in support in wake of Nov. 17 Illinois tornadoes

November 21, 2013

Online Staff Report

In the wake of the Nov. 17 storms that ripped through Illinois, the Chicago Bears are stepping up in support of one high school football team and are undergoing efforts to raise funds for storm victims.

The Bears have partnered with the American Red Cross, Greater Chicago Region, to raise money for victims of the Nov. 17 storms. An online auction has been set up at http://www.events.org/tornadorelief/cpage.aspx?e=68044, where game-worn and game-used equipment from the Bears’ Nov. 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens is up for bid, along with other items.

Most of the items in the auction have been autographed by players, and the Bears have committed to match every dollar raised up to $100,000 to donate to the American Red Cross.

The St. Louis Rams, whom the Chicago Bears play Sunday, Nov. 24, have also donated a 16-person suite for the Nov. 24 game to be auctioned on the site. The suite will include food and beverages, as well as 16 pregame field passes.

The online auction ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, but the deadline to bid on the suite is 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22.

Meteorologists have said as many as 16 tornadoes touched down in Illinois Nov. 17, with the strongest hitting Washington, near Peoria. One person was killed, 120 others injured and as many as 500 homes damaged in the Washington area. The tornado was rated an EF-4, one shy of the strongest on the charts. Winds hit 190 mph, and left a path of destruction of more than 46 miles.

In support of the Washington Community High School Panthers football team, which is preparing for an IHSA semifinal game Saturday, Nov. 23, members of the Chicago Bears will wear Washington Panthers T-shirts around Halas Hall this week and during all press conferences and other appearances. However, because of NFL rules, the Bears will be unable to wear anything on their uniforms in honor of the team during their Sunday, Nov. 24, game against the St. Louis Rams.

Chicago Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman said: “Everybody knows about the damage that was done in Washington, and the Washington Panthers football team is playing in a semifinal game on Saturday and we just wanted to do something as an organization to let them know that we support them and we wish them well.”

Posted Nov. 21, 2013

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