Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP (SGKR) and the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp are proud to announce a $2,700 donation to the Illinois Valley Food Pantry for the 2023 baseball season.
“We are always looking for ways to give back to the community. When SGKR approached us prior to last season with the idea, we knew it was the perfect way to create awareness for an important cause in the Illinois Valley,” said Pistol Shrimp General Manager June Keeley.
The Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp belted 27 home runs out of Schweickert Stadium during the 2023 season. Prior to the season, SGKR pledged to donate $100 to the Illinois Valley Food Pantry for every home run hit by Pistol Shrimp at home.
“We wanted to give back to the community and help the food pantry because hunger should be everybody’s business. If we all give a little or give what we can, then we can help defeat hunger in the Illinois Valley,” said Mike Krzak of SGKR.
The donation going to the food pantry now helps with the upcoming holiday season.
“This is a good time of year [for donations] with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner. We are a year-round organization helping the hungry in our community. Every penny, every piece of food that the Illinois Valley Food Pantry receives stays in our community to feed our community, and the need is getting greater and greater as we speak,” said Illinois Valley Food Pantry Executive Director Mary Jo Credi.
To support the Illinois Valley Food Pantry, you can drop off donations of food or money at 122 Wright St. in LaSalle, Ill. during working hours or donate your time by volunteering. More information can be found at ivfoodpantry.com.
About the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp: The Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp are an amateur wood-bat summer league baseball team, made up of top college players from around the country who aspire to a career in professional baseball! Established in 2019, the Pistol Shrimp are part of the Prospect League, an 18-team league that spans across the midwest from Iowa to Tennessee to Pennsylvania. The Pistol Shrimp provide fun, affordable, family-friendly entertainment to the communities of Peru and all the towns throughout the entire Illinois Valley region!