ROCKFORD (WREX) -
Twenty Rockford community leaders with a paint brush in hand took part in a new kind of fundraiser Thursday night.
The group created paintings of downtown landmarks and other settings at the Burpee Museum in Rockford.
Afterwards, the paintings were live-auctioned. The money raised benefits the Jeremiah Development.
Jeremiah Development is a non-profit that advocates for the downtown neighborhood bordered by Whitman Street, the Rock River, State Street, and Rockton Ave.
"We bring work campers from all over the United States to do work in our community. So the money we raise tonight is the money we use to buy materials for what they need to rehab homes or do little fixer uppers all around the neighborhood," said Kathleen Ferrero, Jeremiah Development Executive Director.
The group hopes to bring hundreds of people from churches all over the nation to help revitalize the neighborhood.