WHAT AN INCREDIBLE EVENT!
Thank you to all of our supporters and the Exoneree Band for making this the best Defenders of the Innocent Event ever! Nearly 500 friends and supporters – and over 30 exonerees – shared the evening with us. Many individuals donated their time and talents to make the event memorable, including: Jim Reed, master of ceremonies, Cathy and Ron Boerke, “I Am Innocent” display, Kent and Gwen Childs, hosts, Bonnie Ettinger, pianist, Yosh Golden, exoneree boutonnieres, Lee Milner, photographer, UIS students and many IIP volunteers.
A few highlights of the Defenders Of the Innocent Event
[click on any photo to see a slide show]
The Illinois Innocence Project provides legal services at no cost to the wrongfully convicted. On average, it takes 8-10 years and over $300,000 to free one innocent person from prison. It also requires a skilled team of litigators and investigators supported by UIS students, volunteers and staff.
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