Annual celebration benefits SRRC


PERU — On June 4, thousands gathered at Skydive Chicago for the Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy and Child Development’s third annual celebration.

The event featured the second annual Car Show for the Kids presented by The Auto Inspector with close to 100 cars on display at the event. Several awards were given out to attendees, including Kid’s Choice, Most Attended Car Club, Auto Inspector’s Choice and more. Each car show participant received a collectable aluminum Car Show for the Kids dash plaque.

The event also featured beer, as well as food provided by Bula Food Truck, Country Girl Food Services, Mickey’s Massive Burritos and Twinkels Ice Cream.

Also at the event were games for kids, including bounce houses and a mini golf course donated in part by Event Specialists.

There was a trackless train courtesy of Norman and Jean Strow and face painting donated in part by Samantha Brown. Spider Vette gave of his time to make the kids smile and brought along many other fun characters such as a Minion and some Paw Patrol friends. And capturing the fun was Rhonda Johnson Photography.

Musical entertainment included 3 on the Tree who donated their time and 3 Mile High who greatly discounted their services. The event DJ for the second year was Center Stage Sound Company whose services were donated in part. Stages for the music were provided by Rhode Construction, who also gave of their time helping set up for the event.

New in 2017, there were planes on display and airplane rides available to guests as well as some aerobatics performed by Peru’s Peter Limberger.

Several raffle prizes were awarded at the event including airplane rides, car alignments, Cub’s tickets and bowling packages. The biggest prize of the event though was the 50/50 raffle which awarded $3,600 to the winner, Jessica Stafford.

“We are so grateful for the support of our community and families,” said Tracy Beattie, president & CEO for Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy & Child Development. “We don’t take a single effort for granted. Attendees, those who shared Facebook posts, volunteers, those who loaned equipment or help set-up or clean up and every single dollar given is what allows SRRC to continue to provide services to local children.”

To date the event and celebration campaign has raised over $43,000 which is up from last year. But you can still be a part of the event; SRRC is still accepting donations and hoping to reach their goal of $45,000 to provide vital services to children in the community. One hundred percent of donations remain in LaSalle and Bureau counties.

For more information on this event, contact Jennifer Kirkman at 815-434-0857 or email To make a donation, visit or mail to SRRC at 1013 Adams St., Ottawa, IL 61350. Any donations sent to a P.O. box in Ottawa do not benefit SRRC.