Photos by John Fitts
This past weekend, two events were held to benefit Crown and Hammer Pub and Restaurant employees, who have had limited economic opportunities following the fatal Jan. 23 accident, in which a vehicle crashed into the kitchen of the building, causing extensive damage.
On Feb. 25, fellow Collinsville businesses Wilson’s Pub and LaSalle Market hosted fundraisers for the employees. At Wilson’s, CrownAid2017 was spearheaded by local musician Corey Michael Rieman with the help of other area artisans and owner Esther Witkos. That event featured numerous musicians and generated $3,000, a total which was then matched by a private individual.
At LaSalle, Jean-Claude Trans/Am played a special Give Back Series event, which raised more than $900.
With some additional donations on Monday, the funds collectively raised had reached approximately $7,000.
Crown owner Lisa Maurer is targeting mid March for re-opening the 3 Depot St. restaurant.
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