Fundraiser for Paradise Manor victims huge success

February 13, 2007 by  
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(February 13, 2007) A dinner to raise money for the families of the deadly Paradise Manor public housing fire was a huge success. Leonardo Christian from Devinci Fundraising and Bob Roberts from Aubrees Resturant in Depot Town reported that over $11,200 was raised and over 1,000 spaghetti dinners were served. Servers and staff donated all tips that evening which was $500.

Patrons were lining up outside the restaurant waiting to enter. A veritable who’s who of Ypsilanti was there from the Mayor of Ypsilanti Paul Schreiber and his wife to two women from Detroit who heard about the dinner on TV and wanted to help. Roberts said people were stopping by as early as 9 in the morning to drop off a check telling Aubree’s staff they were on the way to work and wanted to make a contribution because they couldn’t make the dinner.

Christian said every penny will go to victims. Christian began work on the fundraiser the morning after the devastating fire that killed three young children. Roberts, manager of Aubree’s, and a board member of Devinci Fundraising immediately offered Aubree’s restaurant. Sarah Harrington from Standard Printing in Depot Town donated the labor and printing of the flyer. Less than 18 hours after the fire, the first event was planned.

Christian said another fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, February 14 from 4 to 7pm at Pub 13 in Downtown Ypsilanti. A comedy show to raise more money is planned for this weekend this Sunday February 18th, from 7 to 9:30 p.m at Pub 13. Cover is $5 and buffet is $10. All money will be donated to the families affected by the Paradise Manor fire.

Funeral arrangements for the three children are still being planned. Lucille’s on South Adams is handling the arrangements. Visitation is Thursday, February 15th, from 4 to 7 pm. The memorial service and funeral will be on Friday, a time has not yet been set.


One Comment on "Fundraiser for Paradise Manor victims huge success"

  1. Steve Pierce, Ypsilanti, Michigan USA on Wed, 14th Feb 2007 9:20 pm 

    Don’t forget, there is another fund raiser tonight (Wed Feb 14) at Pub 13 from 4 to 8 and then there is a comedy event Sunday evening at Pub 13 as well.

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