A local business is getting a boost with the return of Cash Mob Chilliwack and a crowd funding account with GoFundMe.
The owner of Marty’s Grill on Vedder Road is in hospital, and the family-run business has been forced to operate on a cash-only basis until a banking situation can be ironed out.
“It seemed like a good fit for Cash Mob Chilliwack,” said spokesperson Scott McVetty, a local realtor. “It’s for a very worthwhile cause.”
Cash Mob Chilliwack is about about promoting local business, and building community, he noted.
“Marty’s Grill fits all the criteria for a local, family-run business. They have been a fixture on Vedder Road and out on Chilliwack Lake Road before that.”
The “phenomenal” support shown by Chilliwack in past cash mob events keep McVetty going, he said.
Owner Marty Rasberry’s sudden health and financial troubles were revealed over social media when a GoFundMe.com account was opened by a friend and good customer after the business account was frozen by the financial institution.
“We are asking for funds to help to keep the business up and running until things are sorted out with the bank, and possible legal advice, as there is no will in place and doctors have advised he may not survive,” wrote friend Donna Pascoe online.
“Your help would be so gratefully appreciated. This family is very endeared to our community, and we hope to raise enough funds to see them through the rough times.”
Rasberry suffered a seizure Aug. 20, and was hospitalized. At press time more than $2000 of the $5000 GoFundMe goal had been reached.
Cash Mob will be at Marty’s Grill starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29 with a $10 burger, fries and pop on offer, as well as the rest of the menu.
“I hope people will spend a little money, eat some great food and feel like they have made a difference,” said McVetty. “Maybe Marty’s Grill will gain a few new repeat customers from the event.”
See more at www.facebook.com/CashMobChilliwack and http://www.gofundme.com/8q2mmp3c
Members of the family reached out to thank donors:
“Thank you to everyone who has donated so far and thank you in advance for helping us reach our goal and taking one less thing off our minds for the moment,” they wrote online. “It means the world to us that people in our community care so much and want to help. Thank you again and again.”