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Ebert's nonprofit will match donations for statue

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A nonprofit group headed by Roger Ebert's wife will match donations toward a bronze sculpture of the late movie critic that's set to be installed outside a Champaign theater.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reported Sunday that the Ebert Foundation will match up to $25,000. The life-sized statue will be created by a central Illinois artist and go outside the Virginia Theatre. That's where there's an annual film festival called Ebertfest. It'll be held in April.

The statute will depict Ebert sitting in a theater seat making his iconic "thumbs up" gesture.

Ebert grew up in Urbana and attended the University of Illinois. He died in April after a long battle with cancer.

His wife Chaz Ebert runs the Robert Ebert Foundation. The group supports arts and education programs.

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