Tuesday, May 18, 2010

11 Bars in WPB Participating in Pub Craw Benefit this Weekend

May 18, 2010
Contact: Robert Gomez
President, Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce
1414 N. Ashland, Chicago IL 60622
Chamber office: 773-384-2672
Cell: 773-510-6799 & personal email:gomez@subt.net

The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce partners with 11 Bucktown Establishments for a Pub Crawl this Coming Sunday to Benefit Beating Victims Natasha McShane and Stacy Jurich.

On Sunday May 23, 2010 from 2:00 pm – 10:30 pm eleven bars in the Bucktown neighborhood will host a Pub Crawl to raise money for two young women who were robbed and attacked with a baseball bat on April 23, 2010 while walking home on the 1800 block of North Damen Avenue. Natasha McShane, 23 remains hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury. Stacy Jurich, 24 was released from inpatient hospitalization and will continue to need a host of outpatient therapies. The assailant and his accomplice are in custody.

To participate in the Pub Crawl wristbands in lieu of tickets can be purchased for $15 a piece at the following locations:

Blue Line Lounge and Grill (1548 North Damen) http://bluelineloungeandgrill.com
Cans (1640 North Damen Avenue) http://www.cansbar.com/chicago
Club Lucky (1824 West Wabansia) http://clubluckychicago.com
Debonair Social Club (1575 North Milwaukee Avenue) http://www.debonairsocialclub.com
Double Door (1572 North Milwaukee Avenue) http://www.doubledoor.com
Northside (1635 N Damen Ave) http://northsidechicago.com/index.htm
Pint (1547 N. Milwaukee ) http://www.pintpub.com
Silver Cloud (1700 North Damen Avenue) http://www.silvercloudchicago.com
6 Corners Sports Bar (1950 W North Ave) http://sixcornersbar.com
Subterranean (2011 West North Avenue) http://www.subt.net
Tavern (1958 W. North Ave) http://www.wickerparktavernchicago.com

Tickets can also be purchased online at www.subt.net, Subterranean’s website, without a processing fee. The Pub Crawl will kick off at 2 pm on Sunday May 23, 2010 at Double Door with the band Beer Nuts playing for 30 minutes. Wristbands will be color coded and participants will receive instructions for their Pub Crawl routes at Double Door on the day of the event. Participants will attend designated bars at specific times according to the color of their wristbands to avoid overcrowding at any one bar. Purchasing wristbands as soon as possible in advance is strongly requested by the organizers for planning purposes but wristbands will also be available to purchase on the day of the event.

Donation jars will be placed throughout each bar in the Pub Crawl. 100% of the money collected from the purchase of wristbands and the donations in the jars will be donated directly to the victims for their medical expenses. Wristband-wearers will also receive discounts on special drinks at each bar and $1 of each special drink will be donated to the women. After-parties will take place at 10:30 pm at the Blue Line Lounge and Grill and at Subterranean where donation jars will continue to be available.

Both young women were beaten unconscious in the attack. Natasha McShane is a University of Illinois graduate student from Northern Ireland. She underwent surgery and stabilization at Northwestern memorial Hospital and was then transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago on Friday May 13. McShane's grandmother, Bernadette McShane, said her granddaughter still can't walk or talk or recognize her parents according to http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com. It is uncertain how much longer she will need to remain in inpatient care. Stacy Jurich is a recent college graduate who works at a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney brokerage in the western suburbs. Jurich has been released from inpatient care but continues to need physical assistance and rehabilitation services.

David Azizinamini, the creator of the Pub Crawl and GM of the Blue Line asks the public “Please do attend as these women have extensive bills from the attack and need our help” and according to ChicagoBreakingNews.com "the McShanes wish to thank everybody here in Chicago for the daily support they have shown them and to the rest of their family, friends and well wishers back in Ireland. They ask that you continue to keep Natasha in your thoughts and prayers."

A website has been set up on behalf of
Stacy Jurich to disseminate information and to raise additional funds: http://stacyjurichbenefit.com.


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