Miss Carly’s receives $4,100 donation from Byron nuclear plant employees

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Miss Carly’s, a non-profit group which feeds Rockford’s homeless population, received $4,100 on Friday from employees of Byron’s Exelon Generating Station.

Employees of the plant raised the money during a cooking competition. The donation is enough to pay for 1,200 hot meals and 1,000 sack lunches.

“What better organization to give back to than Miss Carly’s?” said Mike Justice, who works at the Byron nuclear plant. “The reputation she’s had throughout the community and the amount of good she’s doing to help the folks in Rockford. We have a lot of employees at the plant that live up here in Rockford, so it’s a good way to give back to the community.”

Carly Rice, who founded Miss Carly’s, located at 1125 5th Avenue, said, “I worry about money a lot, and it’s not what I feel I should be worrying about, because my time is better spent serving the people who need, but it’s just a constant worry. So, it feels good to have some of that burden lifted.”

Sunday, Miss Carly’s will hold a fundraiser event at Veteran’s Memorial Hall, at 211 N Main Street. There will be food and prizes and local bands, including former Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos and the Monday Night Band.

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