Hans Jörg Reichert Defence Fund

Many of you know my husband Jörg Reichert as the famed European restaurateur who brought the one-of-a-kind world food marketplace concepts of Mövenpick, Marché and Marchélino to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Boston. 

When Jörg and I first came to Canada in 1982, Jörg was filled with passion and happiness at the thought of what he could bring to the people of North America. He believed there was a palate for a fresher and newer approach to diverse food, beverage and service offerings. 

Jörg greeted thousands of customers over the years on York Street, the Eaton Centre, BCE Place, York Mills and Bayview, CBC on Front Street, Place Ville Marie in Montreal, Rideau Centre in Ottawa and the Prudential Centre in Boston. Together with Loblaws, Jörg launched fourteen locations of Take Me Marché in Ontario and Quebec. A handshake, a joke and genuine laughter were always on the menu. 

During their heyday, Mövenpick and the Marché restaurants were cultural icons and employed thousands of fine people.  Over the years, Jörg was on fire, alight with passion over the food delights and experiences he could share with his customers and his team. The greatest day of his life was the day we went to China to bring home our two adopted daughters, Olivia Sue and Emma Sue.

But, my friends, the light from within Jörg has tragically dimmed.  In 2007, Jörg suffered a devastating automobile accident in Ontario that resulted in him being declared a ‘catastrophic injury’ victim.  Jörg requires ongoing medical treatment with a team of many therapists and specialists to function on a regular basis. While Jörg has slowly been nurtured back to health, there are permanent injuries; just standing in one place is a challenge, and Jörg’s loss of cognitive and execution skills meant he was unable to work. Our dear Jörg is no longer himself.

The insurance trial still has not been finalized, after almost ten years.  Our settlement from Richtree/Mövenpick did not come through. Our home was seized by financial creditors who, after selling our home at a monumental loss, continue to pursue us in court.  Their goal is to have Jörg’s accident insurance payout be declared as a personal asset.  If this happens, the financial creditors would take a sizeable amount of funds from Jörg’s payout leaving Jörg with whatever little remains. 

We don’t know what the payout will be and when and if it will materialize but we do know that to ensure Jörg’s long term care, treatment and well-being, we cannot let this judgement happen.  The court date with the financial creditors is scheduled for the end of February, 2016 - only a few weeks away.  We are fighting back.  Or at least we are trying to. 

 We need your help to pay for Jörg’s legal defence.  I am trying to protect Jörg’s dignity, and I hope that the hearts of our friends and those we helped in the past will open up for him.  Currently, friends cover our monthly rent and living expenses.

The Swiss have a saying, which is that you know the important things are taken care of when the small details are addressed.  Right now, I am concentrating on the details of taking care of Jörg.  His long term well-being is the big thing that I need your help with.

Any donation you can make is appreciated.  All funds donated will be put towards legal fees to defend Jörg’s security and protection.  If we reach our goal, the surplus funds would be used for Jörg’s long term care requirements and residence.

 With Gratitude,

Marianne Reichert

Donations ()

  • Meng Karbach 
    • $150 
    • 42 mos
  • Chris Aerni 
    • $1,000 
    • 42 mos
  • Paul Moreland 
    • $50 
    • 42 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $30 
    • 43 mos
  • Simone Newstadt 
    • $20 
    • 43 mos
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Organizer

Marianne Jorg Reichert 
Organizer
Etobicoke, ON
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