No matter which nickname you know him by, chances are if you live, or have lived in Edwardsville, you know Marvin “Preach” Webb and his many “Preach-isms.” “Hey Big Boy!” “Hi, Ma’m!” “Hi Pretty Lady!” “Hey Cap!” It would be impossible to estimate the thousands of people that have come to know Preach through his downtown adventures and met or seen him at numerous parades, Municipal Band concerts, city, civic and high school events over the years. He’s Edwardsville’s Goodwill Ambassador and he has been strolling the streets of downtown for decades, winning the hearts of the community.
Recognition like this for Preach is one that has been discussed within the community for as long as any of us can remember. Now it is time to make it happen.

The life-size statue of Preach, to be sculpted by local artist Ned Giberson, will be located on Main Street for everyone to enjoy. It may even become Preach’s new favorite spot to sit.
Donations can be made through the Greater Edwardsville Area Community Foundation, or at donation boxes located downtown (see list below).

To donate through The Greater Edwardsville Area Foundation, click on the link below. It will take you to the Foundation’s donation page. Please make a note where indicated that your donation is for Preach On Main Statue.

Checks made to GEACF can be mailed to:

PO Box 102
Edwardsville, IL 62025

Note “Preach” in the memo section.

Donation Drop Box Locations:

Additional donation locations will be added as the fundraising campaign progresses.
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