UPDATE: POSTPONED Due to the winter weather, the Hope Lutheran Church, 62 Dog Lane, Storrs, has postponed its coffeehouse fund-raiser to help accident victim Chris Couillard and his family with their living expenses. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
Area resident Chris Couillard of Willimantic was struck by a drunk driver Nov. 5, 2010 and the local community is looking to help with a fundraiser Friday night, Feb. 4.
The father of three was put in a medically induced coma for 14 days, was in intensive care for another 17 days and is now in a rehabilitation setting.
The Hope Lutheran Church in Storrs, located at 62 Dog Lane, is hosting an evening of music at a coffeehouse fundraiser to help Couillard and his three young daughters.
The coffeehouse fundraiser starts at 7 p.m.
The event is a good-will offering fundraiser where all funds raised will be matched by the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Pastor Joe Nollet said, “the efforts of our church’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ program are to try to connect people who want to help others with those people near us that are in need.”
The event will feature an eclectic mix of singers and musicians donating their music for a good cause.
According to event organizers, those who can’t come out for the evening can still help by sending a donation. Checks and be sent to the Hope Lutheran Church, 62 Dog Lane, Storrs 06268 indicating the funds are for the Couillard family.
“We are hoping for a fun night and that people will be generous and maybe we can pay a few months of rent for this young family in a tough spot,” organizers said.
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