Dozens of fundraising campaigns have netted well over $600,000 for victims of the March 26 gas explosion in the East Village. In addition to the online fundraisers we told you about previously, including one for a Jim Henson puppeteer that has brought in almost $40,000, yet another one — for Jimmy’s No. 43 — launched over the weekend.
On Friday, the day Jimmy Carbone reopened his bar after a 15-day hiatus, he also launched a fundraiser that quickly met its goal of $12,000 in community loans. The Kiva Zip campaign allows participants to give Carbone loans at 0% interest, to be repaid in monthly installments over the course of 36 months. There’s more good news as well: A fundraiser for B&H Dairy has nearly reached its target amount of $20,000. You can still chip in $500 to get a favorite menu item named after you.
While those efforts continue, the city’s Department of Small Business Services has announced that it will hold a meeting with business owners tomorrow at 9:30am at Middle Collegiate Church, at 50 East Seventh Street. Council Member Rosie Mendez and representatives from other government and non-profit agencies will also be on hand to field questions. According to a press release, members of the SBS Emergency Response Unit have been at the blast site offering “pro-bono legal services, help with insurance matters, navigating government, facility disruption, and retrieval of key business documents.”
Tomorrow’s meeting follows an informal get-together that Carbone held last week with fellow business owners in the area. Among those who expressed frustration there was the owner of Stage Restaurant, the subject of a petition that has garnered nearly 1,000 signatures demanding that the decades-old diner be reopened.
The Mayor’s Fund has raised $125,000 for victims, as previously reported. And this weekend, a cash crawl and a concert headlined by Patti Smith brought in some more money (the latter netted $50,000, according to CBS New York). All that plus the private campaigns listed below totals some $616,125, by our calculations.
Sam’s Deli – $460
Enz’s – $9,781
Family of Nicholas Figueroa – $30,328
Family of Moises Locon – $10,890
Displaced restaurant workers – $875
Mildred Guy – $35,061
Elizabeth Dimond – $7,876
Diane McLean and her kids – $6,971 + $97,998
Jason Gustafson – $20,375
Jane Black – $9,305
McKenzie Roese – $6,833
Lucie B & roommates – $1,330
Laura Gibson – $24,457
Spencer Hurst, Dan Kenerson, John Duvnjak, and Chris Brown – $23,678
Kathleen Blomberg – $6,055
Tyesha Maddox – $6,684
Norman, Chelsea & Micha – $27,469
Nora and Matt Brooks – $39,100
An “amazing office manager” – $17,236
Jenny Price – $13,125
Justin Lubman and Chris Schaub – $10,239
Kayoko, Stu, and Hannah Lipsky – $1,825 plus $19,375
Jennifer Porto – $1,745