3,195 people were able to attend a rally at McCormick Place to raise money for the victims of the deadly Chicago Fire.
The rally was held on Sunday at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where it was held during the second week of May and raised over $4,000.
“The Fire was an iconic and tragic event in Chicago, and the people of Chicago and Illinois deserve to have the courage to remember those who lost their lives on May 5th, 2017,” said Michael Graziano, president of the Greater Illinois Firefighters Association.
The event took place during the annual May Day rally at Chicago’s McCormick Stadium, a venue that is often referred to as the ‘Fire Dome’.
The event was part of the “Great Chicago Fire” fund raising drive for the Greater Chicago Firefighters.
“Illinois has a proud history of providing safe, supportive and respectful environments for our community,” said Graziani.
“It’s time for the community to get behind the firefighters and the fire department, which have shown the utmost care and compassion for the communities they serve.”
Graziani said the rally was also held in honor of the victims, who were killed in the fire, and those who suffered injuries.
“It’s a reminder to all of us that we can overcome the challenges of our day-to-day lives, and to keep the spirits of the people who lost everything we know alive,” he said.