As the father of a toddler son, Chet Garland, owner of the Jackson Fish Co. in Harmony, said he was stunned when he learned on an icy road in Connoquenessing Township.
“You don’t expect something like that to happen,” he said. “I have a 2-year-old myself, and I don’t know what I would do.”
Garland said he is familiar with Liam and Declan’s family, who reside in Harmony. He decided to join forces with the nonprofit Friends of the Zelienople-Harmony Park to raise money for two memorial leaves in honor of Liam and Declan on the “Tree of Life” at the Zelienople community pool.
The boys, as well as their siblings, their mother Elisabeth McCullough, and her husband, Jason McCullough, all have been members of the pool, according to Alicia Flood, a Friends of the Park board member. An anonymous donor already has purchased a 2013 pool pass for the rest of the family.
To raise money for the leaves, Jackson Fish Co. will hold a special dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the restaurant, which is located in the Creekside Plaza off Route 19.
Garland said proceeds from the meal would go towards the memorial for Liam and Declan. Any additional money will go directly to the family.
“It’s the least I can do to try to raise as much money as possible to make sure they’re not forgotten,” Garland said of the fundraiser.
The cost for the dinner is $35 and feeds a family of four. The meal also comes with a slip that may be used to file the dinner as a tax deduction, Garland said.
The dinner, available for dining in or take out, includes a whole herb-roasted chicken, house salad, macaroni and cheese , red skin potatoes, brown sugar carrots and dessert .
In order to keep the meals flowing, seating and pickup times for the event will be on a reservation system.
Garland said his goal is to raise $5,000—or sell 200 meals—for the family. All of the restaurant’s employees also will be volunteering their time for the special dinner, he said.
“I believe in what they’re doing—and it’s something really nice,” Garland said of helping the Friends of the Park raise money for the memorial leaves. “If we sell everything, I believe we’ll help out quite a bit.”
To reserve your dinner to benefit Liam and Declan, call Jackson Fish Co. at 724-473-0890.
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