PEORIA - The Country Life Music Festival wasn’t the only event benefiting St. Jude this weekend. Kroger put on their annual Shrimp and Corn Boil at the ITOO Hall on Sunday, benefiting St. Jude.
Nearly 3,000 people piled into the ITOO Hall on Sunday, filing their bellies with freshly boiled grub.
“So what is that? That's 1400 pounds of shrimp. 2800 ears of corn, 1400 pounds of potatoes; pallets and pallets of food,” said Mike Joseph, Co-Manager or Kroger and President of St. Jude Board of Directors
Krogers provided the food as well as the volunteers.
“We'll probably have 100 volunteers today donating their time to St. Jude.”
Some of them arrived at the ITOO Hall bright and early to prepare the meals.
“We move in here at seven o’clock this morning. Unloaded the truck and started it up, said volunteer Nick Joseph. “Everything is boiled. Most of the things, potatos, take a little longer. About 20 minutes. Everything else is boiled for about 10 minutes.”
Judy Kurth was one of the thousands of people enjoying her meal. Her son was diagnosed with Large Cell Lymphoma in 1993 before passing away in 2005.
“We were able to do a lot of our treatments up in Peoria. So that helped, too, with the family being around.”
Which is why these type of events hold a special place for people like Judy and the many volunteers at the boil who are benefited by St. Jude.
Organizers say they hope to raise $25,000.
“It takes 1.9 million dollars a day to run St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. So 25,000 doesn't sound like a lot of money.”
But Judy still appreciates the support.
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