Taste of Elmwood to benefit tornado victims

By Beau Ebenezer

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 26, 2014 at 9:48 PM CDT

ELMWOOD, Ill. -- A local community is hoping a "food inspired" fundraiser will help Central Illinois tornado victims.

It's part of the "Taste of Elmwood" organized by a group of businesses, churches and community leaders.

Many Elmwood residents know what it's like to go through such devastation.

The city's downtown was destroyed by a tornado three years ago.

Organizers hope the fundraiser will cover overlooked expenses for victims of the November tornadoes.

"Washington's firefighters in their community helped out Elmwood after the tornado here, so it's the least we could do," said co-organizer Ryan Foster. "A lot of people in Elmwood were looking for something to do."

"Just them knowing that there is a very similar community in central Illinois that has been through it, will help them," said co-organizer Patrick O'Brian. "I really think that moral support will be highly beneficial to them."

The event will include live entertainment and raffles.

It will all take place at Elmwood High School from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. on March 8.

Proceeds from the event will directly benefit tornado victims who are still in need.

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