83 West Hurricane Hermine Recovery

$14,645 of $200k goal

Raised by 106 people in 6 months
Kelly Jackson-Lehr
on behalf of Shannon Sykes
 CEDAR KEY, FL

I am Kelly Lehr (from the Baltimore, MD area), aunt to Shannon Sykes, proprieter of 83 West, a restaurant opened in the spring of 2016 by chef, Jordan Keeton, and his girlfriend, Shannon Sykes.  They spent months and month, renovating the old restaurant to make it a showplace on Cedar Key.

This video is showing their actual restaurant, so you can see the impact was immediate and devastating!

Business was picking up when Hurricane Hermine hit on  September 1st. 

They lost their entire 1st floor, the windows were blown out, all of the chairs washed away, the new bar (which they spent tons of money refinishing) was destroyed, along with their dreams.

While setting up the business, they looked into hurricane / floor insurance.  However, the premium was $100,000 a year with a $100,000 deductible.  It is outrageous that insurance comanies are allowed to charge such ridiculous amounts of money.  Anyway, I digress.  Since this was a new business, they didn't have the funds for such a high premium yet.  So, insurance wasn't purchased.

Now, they need to rebuild their new restaurant along with their lives.  The funds donated will help the rebuiding process for the restaurant, which includes, all new chairs and furniture, rebuilding the bar, water damage mitigation and restoration, as well as rebuilding the outside deck, which was completed destroyed.  If anything is left, it will be used to purchase the outrageous hurricane insurance premium.

Any immediate donations you can make to help Jordan and Shannon begin to rebuild will be greatly appreciated.  They will be forever grateful if you would join them in thier mission to reopen their restaurant as quickly as possible.  With the loss of business, neither of them have any income (nor any way to get income) at this point.

Jordan Keeton, Shannon Sykes, and Jill Streett (their bar manager) have poured their blood, sweat, and tears into making 83 West into successful business.  Unfortunatley, mother nature had other plans.  These three college graduates have moved from their families' homes to start their lives anew in Cedar Key.  Won't you be the good Samaritan that helps them rebuild? 

Besides their gratitude, I will be most grateful and forever blessed if you would join in helping rebuild a life-long dream as well as their personal lives!

Thank you!

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Update 18
Posted by Kelly Lehr
3 months ago
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Good morning everyone. I haven't posted in quite a while, as I have been extremely busy. However, with today being #GivingTuesday, I thought I'd give you a quick update.

83 West has been able to reopen their upstairs dining room and business has been slow but steady. They didn't, however, raise enough funds to complete the repairs and rebuilding of their 1st floor bar area, dining room, nor kitchen.

If you would like to help out on this #GivingTuesday, please do so. My family, along with the families of Shannon Sykes, Jordan Keeton, and Jill Streett will be forever grateful. This restaurant is not just their business, but the fulfillment of their life-long dreams!

Please be generous this #GivingTuesday and help out this well deserving trio of friends bring their dream, along with their future, back to life.

If you have any contacts with the University of Maryland Alumni Association (@Maryland_Alumni), Fallston High School Alumni Association, or any organization whose membership / staff may be willing to become part of the rebuilding effort, by all means, please share this post.

As in the past, I'm asking that you please share this GFM link with your social media network so that everyone can become a blessing to the 83 West family, www.gofundme.com/83West.

Thank you!
Kelly Lehr
Destroyed first floor still needs repair
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Update 17
Posted by Kelly Lehr
5 months ago
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83 West: Week 5 Post #Hermine

There is not too much new to report at this point. Today is Shannon Sykes' birthday and she received a generous donation from a friend of mine. Thank you!!

83 West is still only partially operational, i.e. still only the 2nd floor kitchen and dining room. They have run out of money to rebuild and refurbish and refurnish the 1st floor kitchen, dining room, bar, and dining deck. Unfortunately, FEMA has been ZERO help. They are offering only low interest loans that 83 West doesn't qualify for because they are such a new business they don't enough untapped credit to qualify for more loans. What a bummer. Here is the link to the local Florida TV news report that explains why FEMA won't help: http://www.wcjb.com/local-news/2016/09/federal-assistance-only-approved-some Unfortunately, this broadcast failed to mention this GFM page, so it didn't generate any additional support. :(

I have spent the last 10 days trying to get this GFM page to go viral -- with no success. Now I wish I had taken courses in social media because then I might know the tricks/keys t getting something to go viral. The media hasn't taken up the call to help or share and neither has Under Armor (owned by University of MD alumni, where both Shannon Sykes and Jill Streett graduated), The Weather Channel, NBC, ABC, nor CBS. I've tweeted all and even tried to send messages through their website's "contact us" forms.

I have now begun to try to elicit help / support from Food Network, Cooking Channel, DIY, and HGTV. I'm hoping that the DIY channels might want to do an episode or specials about rebuilding a restaurant. I'm also thinking that maybe, must maybe Food Network or Cooking Channel might want to do a special about a restaurant rebuild or rescue after a natural disaster. No response as of today.

I have also reached out to Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes) since he's a UMBC graduate and his first shop is in Baltimore. So far, no response.

Let all of us try t inundate FB, Twitter, Instagram, and the networks listed above with emails, contact forms, and requests to help, support, or broadcast a show or episode from 83 West. Perhaps if it's not just me, then maybe, just maybe, they'll respond.

As in the past, I'm asking that you please share this GFM link with your social media network so that everyone can become a blessing to the 83 West family.

Thank you!
Kelly Lehr
Destroyed Kitchen Equipment
Destroyed 1st Floor Door/Window
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Update 16
Posted by Kelly Lehr
5 months ago
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83 West: Week 4 Post #Hermine

I still haven't been able to get this GoFundMe page to go viral. If anyone can help with the social media aspect, I would really, really appreciate it.

I've been speaking to Shannon about the progress at 83 West, and it isn't good. Their line of credit is completely tapped out and FEMA is only offering low interest "loans" to those who qualify. After filling out endless forms, come to find out because their credit is stretched thin, they can't qualify for any additional loans. So, unless they can get additional private donations, they won't be able to rebuild the first floor dining room, bar, kitchen, or deck.

A local TV station in Florida went to 83 West to interview Jordan Keeton about how excited he was that FEMA was "coming to the rescue." Jordan told the reporter that they won't qualify for the "loans" and that FEMA will most probably be of no help to them. He went on to mention that 83 West would have to rely on private donations to rebuild, mentioning this GoFundMe page.

However, much to their disappointment, the news cut the reference to this GFM page out of their broadcast. See the story here: http://www.wcjb.com/local-news/2016/09/federal-assistance-only-approved-some
You'll also see more footage of the destruction. Jordan mentions that the restaurant opened on Friday, July 13th when it was actually Friday, May 13th.

Please pray for Shannon Sykes, Jordan Keeton, Jill Street and the entire 83 West family. Share this page with everyone you know. I really want it to go viral so that 83 Wet can rebuild completely and restart their dreams! Please...

Thank you and God bless!
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Update 15
Posted by Kelly Lehr
6 months ago
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Week 3.5 Post #Hermine

Sorry it's been almost two weeks since my last update. I wanted to first thank everyone for your generosity. You truly are a blessing to Shannon Sykes, Jordan Keeton, Jill Street, their families and the 83 West Family.

The restaurant was able to open during Pirate Invasion weekend thanks to your contributions to the rebuilding campaign. Shannon mentioned that the donations from this GoFundMe campaign helped wth the expenses of getting the 2nd Floor dining room back in shape and ready for patrons. it also helped them rebuild the deck that holds the propane tank, giving them propane to the 2nd floor kitchen.

While they didn't achieve stellar revenue that weekend, they were able to make payroll. So, for their first opening since #Hermine,that was a fabulous start.

They are trying to remain open for the weekends, but have to close during the week to continue the rebuilding effort on the first floor dining room, bar, and kitchen, along with the dining deck.

Unfortunately, 83 West required the use of the entire amount donated so far to get the 2nd floor ready for patronage. Therefore, they are still in great need of additional help to pay for the repairs and restoration of the first floor areas and deck.

If you have any contacts with the University of Maryland Alumni Association (@Maryland_Alumni), Fallston High School Alumni Association, or any organization whose membership / staff may be willing to become part of the rebuilding effort, by all means, please share this post.

I'll keep you posted as often as possible. Hopefully we can regain momentum for this rebuilding campaign, as we seem to have lost steam of late.

Thank you in advance for sharing and your continued prayers for the 83 West family.

--Kelly
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Corinne Keeton
6 months ago
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This is beautiful!

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Colleen Jackson McNeal
6 months ago

As another one of Shannon Sykes' aunts... I want to say how grateful I am for this amazing show of support for Shannon, Jordan, and Jill. My heart breaks for all of them and every prayer and donation are greatly appreciated!

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Christina Peeples
6 months ago

Alot of love and prayers has gone to this family. Let's continue to show more love .....

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Tammie Sykes
6 months ago

I want to thank my sister Kelly for being the spearhead of this social media campaign. My daughter Shannon and Jordan are very grateful for all of the outpouring from everyone. Thanks to you all. Tammie Jackson-Sykes

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$14,645 of $200k goal

Raised by 106 people in 6 months
Created September 2, 2016
Kelly Jackson-Lehr  
on behalf of Shannon Sykes
BG
$100
Bob and Karen Goodrich
3 months ago

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Baltimore!

$100
Anonymous
5 months ago
TS
$250
Tylor Streett
5 months ago
JL
$50
John Lehr
6 months ago
SD
$100
sandra davis
6 months ago

Shannon and Jordan I hope you continue to get contributions and that you can start rebuilding soon.

BG
$125
Bob & Karen Goodrich
6 months ago

Baltimore connection to Jill Streett. Praying that God will see you through the rebuilding process to be successful and thriving! God bless!

$100
Deborah Casas Dupree
6 months ago
$200
Anonymous
6 months ago
PZ
$50
Penny & Zimmy Zimmerman
6 months ago

Thinking of you.

KJ
$500
Kevin Jackson
6 months ago

May God bless all of you.

Corinne Keeton
6 months ago
1
1

This is beautiful!

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Colleen Jackson McNeal
6 months ago

As another one of Shannon Sykes' aunts... I want to say how grateful I am for this amazing show of support for Shannon, Jordan, and Jill. My heart breaks for all of them and every prayer and donation are greatly appreciated!

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Christina Peeples
6 months ago

Alot of love and prayers has gone to this family. Let's continue to show more love .....

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Tammie Sykes
6 months ago

I want to thank my sister Kelly for being the spearhead of this social media campaign. My daughter Shannon and Jordan are very grateful for all of the outpouring from everyone. Thanks to you all. Tammie Jackson-Sykes

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