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
“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