Eureka College to show true-life inspirational movie ‘Hoovey’

Apr 08 2015

A screening of the film “Hoovey” will be at 6:30 p.m. April 19 in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. A question‐and‐answer period with Eric “Hoovey” Elliott and his family will follow.

The movie released this year is based on real events surrounding the Elliott family of Shirley, Ill., in 1999 after 13‐year‐old Hoovey was diagnosed with a life‐threatening brain tumor.

After surgery, and with the help of his parents, Jeff and Ruth, Hoovey re‐learned to walk, read, speak and see straight and fend off the hopelessness and despair that accompanied his dashed dreams of ever playing basketball again. At the same time, unpaid medical bills mounted and tensions rose as the family incurred debt that left the future of the home and farm uncertain. The movie recounts how the Elliotts turned to faith in God for help. The movie was released by EchoLight Studios, a faith-based Dallas movie company, and is directed by Sean McNamara.

Eureka College Chaplain Bruce Fowlkes and alumnus Mark Kline arranged for the screening. “Because of its ministerial potential in the powerful and inspirational true story of ‘Hoovey,’ we wanted to show the movie to the Eureka College community and the wider community,” said Kline, who is director of Jr. and Sr. High Ministries at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Washington.

The screening is open to the public. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or at For more information, contact or