For over a decade, Carl Cannon has been educating students and former offenders about how important conduct is to live a successful life. When the show called "Returning the Favor announced the donation, Carl said he struggled to find the right words.
When producers first approached Carl Cannon about an interview, he was told it was for a documentary.
"They tricked me," said Cannon.
And after several meetings, the...let's call them a documentary team...scheduled two days of filming for late September. The entire time, Cannon thought it would be a great way to get Elite more publicity. That was until host Mike Rowe asked him outside the park district building for a picture.
He was greeted by a huge crowd holding thank you signs. Cannon was presented with checks from Returning the Favor, the organization Stand Together, and Peoria residents. The amount totaled $124,000. Cannon said the money will go towards hiring and other resources.
"Well people power is our strength, so if I can put a person here where I might be hurting, now I can do it," said Cannon.
Another surprise in the show was not as pleasant. During the episode, viewers are introduced to inmate Patrick Moton. The same Patrick Moton who was shot and killed outside Dream Night Club back in December.
Cannon says before his death, Moton said he wanted to get back on the right path. He said the then inmate had an important message for students that visited the Peoria County Jail.
"He said to them…Don't be me, don't make the mistakes I did," said Cannon.
You can watch the full episode of Returning the Favor here.