Carly Rice named Rockford's 4th of July Honorary Parade Marshal

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- While the Fourth of July may still be a few months away, Rockford's "4th of July Committee" announced a notable name for this year's Honorary Parade Marshal.

Courtesy: Ted O'Donnell

Carly Rice, the founder of Miss Carly's in Rockford, will be leading the parade. Rice has opened up her home to feed and provide necessities to the homeless and others in need around the community.

"We've worked really hard this past year, and I never anticipated being honored with something like this," said Rice. "It really wasn't in our thoughts and it's just a fun thing, you know we really love this city, so I was basically jumping up for joy."

The 4th of July Committee says it chooses a person to lead the parade who sacrifices everyday to help their community grow in a positive light. The committee released the following statement on Rice:

"Carly’s family helps with the meals, clothing, playing, counseling and befriending. There are many NFP groups in Rockford that reach out and do their best to help, but Miss Carly’s is unique because they make everyone, and I mean everyone, of any background, feel welcomed in their home! They have grown to help people with addictions to seek help, they are saving lives in our community by opening their life up to many in need Carly and Jacob and family are an inspiration for many."