Fundraiser brings in over $12,000 for I-75 crash victims

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The families impacted by the horrific Jan. 31 crash on I-75 in Michigan received an outpouring of support from the Amherstburg community.

The Greenwood/Blake/Barrett/Hicks Fundraiser was held Saturday night at the Verdi Club with over 400 people attending. The fundraiser saw between $12,000 and $13,000 raised. The crash claimed the life of nine-year-old Gabrielle Greenwood of Amherstburg, a student at Ecole St.-Jean Baptiste, and her stepbrother Aidan Hicks of Windsor. Other family members were also injured, including Aidan’s mother Kimberly Barrett, who suffered a head injury.

Organizers Lucio Salvati and Gary Charles were pleased with the turnout from the town and surrounding areas.

“It’s a fantastic response from this community and from outside this community,” said Charles, who is vice-president of the Verdi Club.

Salvati, a director with the club, and Charles added they didn’t doubt there would be a strong turnout when they first started

Lucio Salvati (left) and Gary Charles, co-organizers of Saturday night's Greenwood/Blake/Barrett/Hicks Fundraiser at the Verdi Club, stand next to the prize table that approximately 65 businesses contributed to. The event drew over 400 people. The fundraising total was between $12,000 and $13,000 as of Monday morning.

Lucio Salvati (left) and Gary Charles, co-organizers of Saturday night’s Greenwood/Blake/Barrett/Hicks Fundraiser at the Verdi Club, stand next to the prize table that approximately 65 businesses contributed to. The event drew over 400 people. The fundraising total was between $12,000 and $13,000 as of Monday morning.

planning the fundraiser three weeks ago.

“Amherstburg is a great, giving community,” said Salvati. “The Verdi Club is a great supporter of the community. We are community based.     The Verdi Club is here to help everyone.

Charles said the planning for the event came as a result of members talking about wanting to do something to assist the families involved.

“We said ‘why not? Let’s get out there and let’s see if we can help these families out’,” said Charles.

Salvati and Charles both noted there was an opening statement and blessing given by Pat Greenwood, Gabrielle’s grandfather, as part of the evening.

The business community also stepped up in order to help the families.

“We had approximately 65 businesses donate prizes,” said Salvati.

Donations were also received by the Verdi Club’s Boccefila club and Perino Pasta. The latter is a Michigan-based business, located along I-75, with that business also having members of the Verdi Club.

Waterfront Ice Cream Parlour donated ice cream to the event while the band One Man Out also donating their time.

Comments are closed.