Community Gathers for 'Back the Blue' Appreciation Event in Illinois

Community Gathers for 'Back the Blue' Appreciation Event in Illinois


Community members in Illinois gathered Friday night to raise money and show support for local police officers and first responders.

“Branded as a ‘Back The Blue First Responder Appreciation Event,’ it was organized in this [sic] summer in the wake of calls for police reform across the country as a way to show community support for first responders and law enforcement in the Effingham area,” the Effingham Daily News reported.

Originally planned as a rally, the gathering later turned into a neighborhood block party and fundraiser concert.

Friday night at the Thelma Keller Convention Center featured live music, raffles, free food, and signs reading “Back the Blue.” https://t.co/iJ104uGmKs

— Effingham Daily News (@EDNMain) October 17, 2020

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“The duo of country guitarists who performed as ‘Broken Roots’ on NBC’s America’s Got Talent provided entertainment. There were raffles for everything from a new 43 inch television to cutting boards with

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