Black Hawk statue in Oregon, Illinois is in dire need of help. There are several fundraising efforts being made this summer to save this well known landmark.

According to the Rockford Register Star a local historian from Oregon, Jan Stilson, and 20 other volunteers of Black Hawk Team (a division of Oregon Together) are rallying together to raise money to finish the restoration process of the Illinois landmark.

They need $500,000 to do this and have scheduled the following fundraisers this summer:

• 1 p.m. this Sunday, May 20th, at Lorado Taft Field Campus in Oregon, 1414 N River Road.

• 4:30 p.m. on July 27 at The Cliff Dwellers Club on South Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

• 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at Giovanni’s in Rockford.

You can also donate to the Illinois Conservation Fund, a non-profit that supports the Department of Natural Resources and the statue through their site www.ilcf.org 

Oregon Mayor Ken Williams, who also serves on the Black Hawk restoration committee, says "Getting it uncovered and in good condition is a high priority."

We couldn't agree more.

It's really sad to see a giant fixture that's been in most of our lives for over the last 106 year standing there covered in a large black tarp like yesterday's trash.

Thank God there are earthly angels like Black Hawk Team who are determine to return this monument back to it's original glory.