CRFC spends day on the field, holds fundraiser at home game

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers

The Chillicothe Rugby Football Club held its fourth annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Saturday at the Chillicothe Elementary Center.

Steve Reginald, organizer of the fundraiser, said that through the years, the CRFC has raised just under $13,000 for JDRF.

“The club was looking to do something community wise, to donate and give back,” Reginald said.

“Every year we try to raise a little bit and give back. It’s good for the boys to get involved in and understand what today’s about.”

Three rugby matches were played with the girls club, the Cailinis, opening the day against the Quad City Barbies and the Barbarians had the last match against the Peoria Renegades.

The Illinois Valley Central marching band made an appearance for the National Anthem for an opening ceremony.

Before the Barbarians match, a live auction was held for the JDRF fundraiser and $1,865 was collected from the items which were sold.

Items in the live 

auction ranged from camping equipment, clothing, pies and a picnic table, but the creme-of-the-crop was the signed Cailini and Barbarian jerseys. 

The Cailini’s jersey went for $120 and the Barbarians sold for $90.

Reginald said the preliminary number raised was at $5,000 for JDRF.

The Barbarians fell to their Peoria opponent, 43-24, and the Cailinis were defeated against the Barbies.