Thome donates $100,000 to victims of Illinois tornado
CHICAGO | Former Chicago White Sox star Jim Thome is donating $100,000 to help rebuild a central Illinois town devastated by a recent tornado.
Thome is a native of Peoria and has family who live in the city of Washington. Much of the town was leveled by severe storms earlier this month.
Thome is now an assistant to the White Sox general manager. He says he was shocked by what he saw when touring the city’s devastation. Thome says he and his wife, Andrea, pledged to help however they could.
Four of Thome’s former teams are helping with contributions. Along with the White Sox, they are the Indians, Phillies and Twins.