Avreeayl Ra healing fund
$12,686 of $2,500 goal
Thank you everyone for your support!
I re-opened donations because I see that everyone wants to support more.
I have an important update too;
I want to mention that in my previous post I said the attack was racialized. It cannot be proven what the motives of this attack were, and I should have stated merely that it was a group of unidentified white males.
It is also very important to say that the Green Mill is extremely supportive of all of it's musicians and community, and Avreeayl and everyone is very thankful for their dedication to serving Chicago's Jazz scene.
The people who attacked Avreeayl are unidentifable given the nature of the situation, and do not in any way reflect upon the Green Mill establishment.
I apologize for any confusion I may have created, and thank you all kindly for supporting Avreeayl in recovering from this weekends assault.
Our dear friend Avreeayl was assaulted this weekend.
Saturday night at 4AM after leaving the Green Mill, on the way to his regular parking spot.
He was assaulted by an undentified group of white males, and left unconscious. He woke up some time later on the ground.
Avreeayl is doing okay, and working on healing.
Donations all go to helping Avreeayl heal his body and being from this traumatic event.
Thank you all for your support and well wishes.
*cover photo by Peter Gannushkin
I would like all my supporters and well-wishers to know how totally overwhelmed I am with the tremendous outpouring of love and appreciation. I am so moved and touched by all of this. It is truly hard to express my feelings adequately.
I am really doing well at this time. Through the insistence of a dear friend, I was driven to the hospital Tuesday and spent eight hours being examined and X-rayed, with several face and brain scans, and a kidney test. I am thoroughly relieved that I have no internal or serious damage at all, just a little sore and scary-looking. I am improving every day and most of my swelling has subsided. Most importantly, my spirit has been lifted by all of the loving care and support I’ve received.
This has been quite an ordeal, but when I am looking a little better and get dental work done, I think I’ll be ready to start working and face the world again.
This whole experience has been very disheartening and hard to handle. I would especially like to apologize to all who have tried to contact me. I had to detach myself from my phone in order to rest and recover, both physically and emotionally.
This kind of support and appreciation took me completely by surprise. My good friend Alissa asked my permission to try and do something for me, but I had no idea something like this would and could happen. I am so grateful to all of you for your appreciation and the generous donations that far exceed my expected expenses.
It is also extremely reassuring and comforting to have had a caretaker who was sincerely concerned with my well-being. I am so fortunate to know and have the friendship of Dr. David Hinkamp, whose manners and concern were above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you so much, Dr. Hinkamp, for taking such good care of me.
Lastly I want to thank you, Alissa, for your sincerity, concern, and loving support. All of this love from the world is definitely impacting and speeding my recovery.
Thank you all so much!
I’ll have to get on Facebook now, so I can keep up with everyone.
He is doing well in all area's.
Thank you everyone!
We way surpassed our goal and will be closing up this campaign.
I super appreciate everyone who pitched in and sent loving wishes.
It makes him very happy to feel so much love from everyone! He said everyone's wishes and loving thoughts are the most important thing to him, and that they are making a huge difference!
He is trying to get his rest, and may not be answering phone calls, but know that he is feeling very supported and will try to return your call when he is more rested.
My prayers are with Avreeayl Ra, we performed together many times during my time in Chicago....One of the planet's greatest musical creators. My soul is hurt to know of this racist, bigoted and unfair incident that happened. He will stay in my prayers and may these animals be brought to justice, thank you for allowing me to share....Richard Jess Brown, Jr., acoustic bassist...
Can someone please explain what the money is exactly for?
Would there be a reason for using the "racial" aspect in the initial posting? Did you think it would garner more support? Because in viewing the activities going on around the US in places such as Baltimore, Ferguson and most recently Milwaukee, it's very irresponsible to say the least. I hope this was not just a way to use the current climate, to garner more sympathy or support. I commend Mr. Ra for setting the record straight, it appears as if he has morals and character. Something that cannot be said for the person who made up the part about the racial comments being made during the attack. That person needs help and direction in life.
Please don't shut this campaign down. I think there are many more people who haven't heard about this senseless act who would love to contribute. The man deserves it.
How can I contribute???
Maybe you can leave the campaign open longer... more support will come in.
I don't know you, we are only connected through some mutual acquaintances and music, but I want you to know that you have people wishing for your speedy and full recovery from all over the world! Peace and healing!