Car given away to benefit East Peoria park project

Published: Mar. 17, 2023 at 10:16 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25News Now) - A new Corvette has been given away to benefit a park now under construction in Tazewell County.

East Peoria thanks you for the support.

With a 6.2 Liter V-8 engine, the car, a 2023 70th Anniversary Limited Edition Corvette Stingray Coupe, does zero to 60 mph in three seconds.

2,500 tickets were bought, at $100 each, hauling in $250,000 for the East Peoria Community Foundation’s Levee park effort near City Hall.

“And the idea was that we would not put a tax burden on the citizens of East Peoria. So, the park, while we have received two grants from the state of Illinois...we applied for them because some communities were getting them, so, why not ours? Um, but the rest is funded all by donations,” said Sue Portscheller, President East Peoria Community Foundation

In fact, the car was donated by Uftring Chevrolet.

And the winner is: Kaye Johnson.

Phase One and Two of the park have already been funded and should be finished in May, Portscheller said.

Phase Three is where Corvette money will go in order to build a splash pad and other additions, to be complete in 2024.