I Love You - The Cross - the TV Game Show Jeopardy - Effingham, Illinois This Effingham, Illinois landmark made

news by being featured on the television game show Jeopardy. Answer: What is the Cross at The Crossroads. Effingham, IL - February 08, 2011 -- What do the words "I Love You", the Christ ian Cross and the Central Illinois town of Effingham have in Common? They were a ll featured on the nationally syndicated television show Jeopardy on January 14, 2011. Effingham, Illinois, the "Crossroads of Opportunity," traces its roots back to 1 814, when the first pioneers settled along the Little Wabash River. Located at t he intersection of I-57 (direct route from Chicago to New Orleans) and I-70 (dir ect route from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles), Effingham has become a hub for A merica's motoring public. The category was "Things That Begin With C." For $400 the answer was "The World' s Largest of These Religious Symbols Soars 198 Feet High Over Effingham Illinois And Weighs 180 Tons." The question, given correctly was "What Is The Cross." Wi th that answer, The Cross At The Crossroads, its "I Love You" message and the to wn of Effingham, Illinois were forever memorialized in American Trivia on Jeopar dy. A video, featuring some of the world's largest crosses, can be seen online at ht tp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfE_K-X0Kbo&NR=1 The Cross at the Crossroads was originally the vision of the late John Herman Sc hultz, a successful businessman from Teutopolis, Illinois. An eternal optimist, Mr. Schultz was inspired to create the Cross At The Crossroads after seeing a si milar monument in Groom, Texas in the 1990's. The Cross in Effingham took severa l years of planning and fund raising to materialize. The groundbreaking ceremony occurred on February 11, 2001 and was officially launched on September 16th, 20 01. "My father was inspired to create a monument that would induce a message of hope , love and wonder in people," said Jim Schultz, son of the founder and current B oard member of The Cross Foundation, which manages the Cross at The Crossroads. "My dad nurtured a sense of wonder about life and love in everything that was im portant to him. He very much believed that when wonder looks upward, it contribu tes to a better understanding of all that we consider important and real." A YouTube video of The Cross At The Crossroads can be found at http://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=GjKxrnawl0k The Cross At The Crossroads has greeted 50,000 visitors each day who pass throug h the Central Illinois community. "Over the last ten years we estimate that clos e to 200 million people have been welcomed by The Cross," said Jim Schultz. The Cross literally climbs out of the neighboring corn fields and reminds people tha t they are loved and that there is more to life than what is plainly visible. "We are very inspired by the feedback that we get from all of the visitors who v isit the Cross each day," said Schultz. "Our Ministry and Mission is to promote genuine values of love, hope, faith and understanding through all of our outreac h programs. We were thrilled to be referenced on the Jeopardy TV show, as most o f the Foundation's Board members are big fans of the program." The Foundation's "I Love You" program has been adopted by numerous hospitals thr oughout the country. In this program, parents of newborn infants receive a walle t size card encouraging them to say "I Love You" to their children every morning and evening. The Foundation believes that Love is the answer, and the best plac

e to implement this philosophy is with newborn infants. Jeopardy! began transmission in 1964. The show has a legion of 38 million weekly fans across the United States and Canada, and was created by American talk show host, Merv Griffin. About The Cross Foundation: The Cross Foundation is dedicated to building both faith and family on an ecumen ical basis. The Cross Foundation has completed a 198 foot Cross at the intersect ion of Interstates 57 & 70 in Effingham, Illinois. This site is intended to serv e as a beacon of hope to the 50,000 travelers estimated to pass the site each da y. In addition, the Cross Foundation will promote the values of faith and family through other activities at the Effingham site. To learn more about The Cross Foundation, please visit: http://www.CrossUSA.org Press Contact: The Cross Foundation P.O. Box 1103 Effingham, IL 62401 217-347-2846 crossusa@addtraffic.net http://www.CrossUSA.org Please contact http://www.PressReleasePivot.com for corrections or to update thi s press release.

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