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 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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