Alumni contribute to tornado relief

Alumni are reaching out from all over the country to help, from as far as Washington D.C. and California, to as close as Chicago.

Director of Alumni Relations Tori McCord said the compassion and concern shown by alumni speaks volumes about Bradley and the experiences they had as students.

“Several people I’ve spoken with this week have commented that Bradley, Peoria and the surrounding community is like home, and they couldn’t imagine not stepping up to help,” she said. “Bradley is a family, and we as alumni, faculty and staff and students take that seriously.”

Washington D.C. alums have planned the fundraiser “DC Cares 4 Illinois” Nov. 22 at The Pub in D.C. with donations at the door, and 10 percent of proceeds from Friday’s food and beverage sales, will go to Central Illinois Red Cross.

Chicago alums are banding together to create a similar event Dec. 5.

Alumni from farther away are contributing with monetary donations and have inquired about any necessary clothing or other items that can be shipped to the offices. Some are considering coming to Peoria to volunteer.

Local alumni are encouraged to look into the volunteer efforts through the Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership to connect and give back with other members of the Bradley family.
“This isn’t the first time I’ve seen Bradley rally in a time of need, and it unfortunately most likely won’t be the last,” McCord said. “I think we all take comfort knowing we have such a large extended family to provide help, in any way they can, during this most difficult time.”