Update on Fundraising for Frager’s
by Larry Janezich
Gary Peterson, who is spearheading the Capitol Hill Community Foundation’s (CHCF) fundraising effort, says the CHCF has raised in excess of $100,000 to benefit employees of Frager’s and employees of Frager’s tenants in the aftermath of the June 5th fire. In addition, a fundraising effort coordinated by Julia Robey has reportedly raised in excess of $30,000. Petersen said that the CHCF has received its first request for a grant – this from an employee of one of Frager’s five tenants. Frager’s employed 35 full time employees and 30 part time employees. Frager’s tenants employed five full time and five part time employees. While full time employees are eligible for unemployment benefits, part time workers are not. Frager’s carried interruption of business insurance, but it is not clear how long employees will benefit. Peterson says he expects that whatever amount is raised, all of it will be needed to help the employees.
There are several Frager’s fundraising/recognition events scheduled in the coming days.
Friday, June 21 – Eastern Market, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Al Fresco for Frager’s Food Festival will be from 6:00pm-8:00pm beneath the farmer’s line shed at Eastern Market. Over a dozen noted neighborhood restaurants and popular food purveyors will serve up great culinary Tickets, two for $6 and purchased at the event will allow a sample from vendor’s tables on a one for one basis. Part of the sale of each ticket will go to the Frager’s Fund, managed by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. Little Red and the Renegades, a well-known, six-piece Global Zydeco band will provide musical entertainment. Other sponsors and contributors to the event include Bowers Fancy Dairy Products, Boxcar Tavern, Canales Delicatessen, Fine Sweet Shop, Market Lunch, Market Poultry, Montmarte, Pitango Gelato, Puddin’ Po Boy, Seventh Hill Pizza, Silver Spork, Tortilla Café, Tunnicliff’s Tavern and Union Meat Company.
Friday, June 21 at The Fridge at 6:30pm (516 ½ 8th Street, SE – the alley behind Shakespeare administration building)
The DC Rollergirls and The Fridge host a benefit concert on behalf of Frager’s. All ticket sales from the event will be donated to the Frager’s Fund set up by The Capitol Hill Community Foundation. The lineup includes The Throckmortens, The NativeMakers and Rodney Henry of The Glenmont Popes. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Tuesday, June 25 at Nationals Park
Join the Frager’s employees and owners at National’s Park next Tuesday June 25 at 7:05 pm to watch the Nationals face the Arizona Diamondbacks. A local family has donated 40 tickets for Frager’s employees, and tickets are available for purchase in Section 320 for anyone who wishes to join in the event. Wear your Frager’s T-Shirts and try to score a cameo on Nats HD, or just raise a ballpark beer to toast these hardworking neighbors. A special recognition is scheduled for the bottom of the fourth inning, so if you are not in Section 320 turn your attentions to the scoreboard or come on up to cheer. Tickets available at http://www.nationals.com
Friday, June 28 at Christ Church, 620 G Street, SE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Spaghetti Dinner. Suggested donation – $30 per plate (includes 1 glass of wine – additional glasses $5 each). Children 9 and under are free. The Capitol Hillbillies will provide musical entertainment.