Benefit to aid Belfast man partially paralyzed in car crash

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 03, 2012, at 5:15 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A Belfast man who was critically injured two months ago in a car crash will be the recipient of a benefit dinner and silent auction to be held this weekend at the restaurant where he worked for years.

Jon Carlson, 22, has been recovering at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor since the Nov. 8 accident. Although he is improving, he still has no feeling from the waist down, according to his co-workers at Darby’s Restaurant.

“He has an awesome, positive attitude and is working hard to get well and come home,” said longtime restaurant employee Valerie Rowland.

Carlson began working at Darby’s Restaurant when he was 16 and was a member of the wait staff when the accident occurred.

His co-workers at the restaurant will donate their time and tips during the benefit to Carlson and his family. Owners Jerry and Gail Savitz also will donate the evening’s proceeds to the cause. A silent auction will take place on the same night, featuring items donated by residents and businesses. Among the donated items are: a painting by Jerri Finch, pottery by Gail Savitz and a photograph by Neal Parent.

Money raised will help his family renovate their house to accommodate Carlson’s wheelchair.

“He knows how much we love him and are pulling for him,” Rowland said. “Darby’s is not just a business, it’s family. We would do anything for anyone in our family here.”

The dinner and silent auction will take place Sunday, Jan. 8.
Reservations are encouraged. Donations also may be given to the family through Darby’s Restaurant. Call 338-2339 for information.

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