CENTERVILLE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Community members and local businesses are coming together to help raise money for Melissa Cochran who was injured, and lost her husband Kurt during the London terror attack back on March 22.
Chili’s, Menchie’s, and Chic-fil-A are just some of the local businesses taking part in the fundraiser.
Susan Tolman was one of the main organizers for the week of fundraising. Tolman and several of Melissa’s other high school friends said they want to make sure she didn’t have to worry about money during this time.
“Money is not everything, but when that can kind of help sustain some things and help her get back on her feet I mean it’s just a small token,” said Tolman.
Many of Melissa’s friends told us they couldn’t believe what happened when they hear the news.
” It just hit my heart when I heard about it,” said Tolman. “I think we were all just in shock that it was somebody we knew.”
Steve Hatch is a musician who had worked with Kurt and Melissa over the last year. He was most saddened by the loss of someone who loved music so much.
“These are people that you care about these are people that come to your gigs, and that believe in you,” said Hatch. “Me for doing this as long as I have it’s not often you find people who really believe in what you’re doing.”
Hatch was playing music at one of the fundraisers Monday.
Jim Reeves is the owner of Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and hosting a fundraiser on Thursday. He notes as a business owner he’s just glad he has the chance to step up in situations like this.
“What we’ve seen is the community is really responsive, and we’re hoping we can just do something to help.”
Here is a full list of the fundraisers going on for the rest of the week.
Tuesday April 25… 11a.m. to 11p.m.
- Chili’s at the Centerville & Layton locations only.
Thursday April 27… 5-7p.m.
- Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt in Centerville
Monday May 1… 11a.m. to 9p.m.
- Pizza Pie Cafe in Bountiful (other Utah locations TBA)
- RAFFLE from 6-8 p.m.