To celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial, the Egyptian Board of REALTORS® (EBOR) donated a $1,000 grant to the Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Alto Pass, Illinois to help defray the cost of display boards.
EBOR members attended an open house last September when the display boards were installed to explain the story of the cross to visitors. The Bald Knob Cross of Peace is located on top of Bald Knob Mountain in Union County. The site is one of the highest points in the Ozark Mountains of Southern Illinois.
“With 27 counties in our local association, it was difficult to pick a local project that would please everyone,” said EBOR Association Executive Charay Palmer. “Since the board of directors for the Bald Knob Cross of Peace had already planned a project, they welcomed our assistance. We chose this project because it is a well-known landmark in our area and draws visitors from all over the country.”
In August 2017, EBOR volunteers helped solar eclipse viewers from across the country get a bird’s eye view of the event from the Bald Knob Cross.
REALTORS® across the state are working with heart in their communities to complete projects like this to commemorate the Illinois Bicentennial. The Egyptian Board of REALTORS®’ project is one of 36 legacy projects supported by our 29 local REALTOR® associations.
Projects include fundraising for local historic home repairs and historical community murals or promoting local historical properties and societies. Illinois REALTORS® has donated land in downtown Springfield next to its headquarters to build Bicentennial Plaza – a REALTOR® Community Partnership, which is a signature project of the state bicentennial celebrations.
The association is an official endorsed partner with the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, which oversees the state’s plans for the milestone birthday.