PEORIA, Ill. — Peoria City Councilwoman Denise Moore presented a $7,000 check to UFS Downtown Outlet Center co-owner Tom Wiegand on behalf of the community on Wednesday.
This money was raised to restore a statue of Jesus Christ on the South Side of Peoria. Wiegand accepted the check in UFS co-owner Pierre’s Serfain’s absence.
Serafin commissioned the Jesus statue and placed it in Serenity Memorial Park to promote peace within the community.
Approximately three months ago, the statue was defaced and the arms were broken off.
Neighbors were heartbroken, in shock and couldn’t understand why someone would do that.
“When we woke up and saw the damage done on the statue we thought maybe our dream wouldn’t be realized long term wise,” Wiegand said.
Now, statue commissioners have more than enough money to replace the statue.
The fact that the community has stepped up and contributed so that we can repurchase another statue and replace this statue is just absolutely fabulous.Tom Wiegand, UFS Downtown Outlet Center Co-Owner
The brand new statue will be imported from Italy and is expected to be at the park in 30 days.