2nd Annual Conor's Carryout scheduled this Sunday

Conor O'Rorke Memorial Blood Drive begins Saturday

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ROCHELLE — Steward Elementary School normally hosts the Conor O’Rorke Memorial Basketball Tournament every December, with local teams from around the area gathering to compete while helping to raise money for the Lurie Children’s Hospital in memory of Conor O’Rorke. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of this year’s tournament, there will still be events happening including a carryout dinner and blood drive.

Ralfie’s BBQ will be hosting the 2nd Annual Conor’s Carryout event on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Steward Elementary School. Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tricia Herrera said that a portion of each dinner sold will be donated to the Conor O’Rorke Memorial Fund. Herrera also said that Ralfie’s BBQ will match all tips donated during the carryout event, with all tips also benefiting the Conor O’Rorke Memorial Fund.

“We wanted to do something to remember Conor and raise funds to continue the good work the tournament does every year,” Herrera said. “We know that drive-thru events are popular right now because of the COVID-19 restrictions and people don’t have to leave their cars. We thought we would have a pork-chop drive-thru to raise funds and continue the tradition.”

Carryout dinners will cost $11 and each dinner will include one grilled butterfly pork chop, BBQ beans, coleslaw, BBQ sauce and one dinner roll. Pre-orders can be placed online at https://checkout.square.site/buy/4HUAEA32ANJEMCFSI37T6BVI. Single extra pork chops can be purchased for $3 at https://checkout.square.site/buy/BYPZ2NYF6NKPGMREJGQOZUSQ. The pre-order deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 30 and only limited dinners will be sold at the event.

In addition to the 2nd Annual Conor’s Carryout, the Conor O’Rorke Memorial Blood Drive will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Steward Fire Station building located at 311 Main St. in Steward. Appointments can be scheduled for the blood drive by visiting www.rrvbc.org or by calling the Rock River Valley Blood Center at 815-677-8829.