#LIVELIKEJERRY

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Raised by 187 people in 49 months
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First, a little about Jerry. If you haven't already seen his smiling face around town or witnessed his absolute dedication to living a life of love and devotion to others- then let us be the first to tell you what an amazing man we have to call our friend. Jerry is selfless and has a way with making even strangers feel like family.  Jerry moved here almost a year ago from Cooperstown, NY. As an avid traveler, Jerry spent many years out embracing the worlds beauty. He took pictures on his phone of the moments that touched his heart along the way. These pictures are also for sale - all profits will go towards medical efforts to save his life.

The #LIVELIKEJERRY campaign was created by friends and family of Jerry Colgate, a current resident of Charlottesville, VA. On the early morning of Sunday November 9th Jerry was walking home on Elliot Avenue. We believe that someone hit him with a car and fled the scene. Jerry was left to die on the side of the road.

We are looking for clues and any tips that we can find to spread light on what happened. Knowing Jerry, if he were conscious, he'd probably be happy with a simple apology. As a community we are reaching out for support. Jerry is facing an uphill battle and fighting for his life. He has a severe brain injury and has been medically induced into a coma. His family and friends are by his side but they need your help. Charlottesville we are asking for you to #LIVELIKEJERRY and show some love to one of our communities finest. Every penny counts. We have had a lot of victims and been through enough heartache as a town. Jerry is still alive and fighting. The world would be a better place if we all tried a little more to #LIVELIKEJERRY

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Letter to the Newspaper "The Freeman's Journal" in response to an article by Jerry's family.

Thank you for acknowledging the money raised for Jeremiah “Jerry” Colgate. His friends are proud of the effort, hard work and personal donations made that resulted in the fundraiser's success. Community members from Charlottesville, Cooperstown and throughout Jerry's travels were able to come together in support of their friend to signify a strength against a selfish act made that late November night. If anything Jerry's story has sparked a heartwarming reminder of the power behind people from all walks of life joining together to give back to someone they loved. A private bank account was set up in the name #livelikejerry directly after his accident. That way all deposited transactions would be documented properly. Through Go Fund Me and other personal fundraisers facilitated by several groups of friends the #livelikejerry account has raised right around $18,312 dollars. (Although $19,324 was raised on “Go Fund Me” the site deducts a percentage of the profits depending on choice of payment ranging from 8%-10%.) The family made a remark in a recent article about how the money was not released to them in attempts to create speculation around the fundraiser #livelikejerry. We assure you that they are correct. Per recommendations of the doctors at UVA Hospital, decisions based on Jerry’s progress were not to be made until one year had passed. Therefore, as an organization, we attempted to allow proper time before determining the avenue of the fundraiser. In efforts to be financially responsible and protect the money donated by hundreds it is being deposited as a trust in his name. Parameters of this trust will be decided by a handful of Jerry's friends that were heavily involved in the fundraising process. As we patiently wait for Jerry to progress through this hard time we feel confident in our efforts and know that our buddy would be proud. We would like to thank everyone for their contributions and time spent facilitating fundraisers in the multiple communities. It is because of this tragedy that we came together. It is because of him that so many have decided to follow his footsteps and #livelikejerry.

Sincerely,
Team #LIVELIKEJERRY
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On behalf of the #livelikejerry organization, we wish to personally thank everyone for their volunteered time and generous donations at the "A Taste of What's to Come" benefit dinner for our friend Jerry. For those of you that are unaware, Jerry was involved in a hit and run accident on the early morning of November 9th, 2014. As a result, he is currently stationed at UVA Hospital battling a severe brain injury. Through the #livelikejerry campaign Jerry's friends and family have donated to a "Go Fund Me" account in efforts to raise money to help pay his medical expenses. We wanted to take a moment to share the community members and companies involved in making this particular event successful.

First, we would like to recognize The Local for organizing and hosting the benefit dinner on December 8th. It is obvious to those outside of the restaurant business what a family network your company has created and the impact you have on the Charlottesville community. Your service at and outside of this event will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank MS Events for providing plates, glassware and a stove for them to use for the night! The following companies were gracious enough to donate food for the event: Seafood at West Main, Cavalier Produce, Standard Produce, and Timbercreek Organics. Our MC, Craig Hartman, did a fabulous job- he lead us through dinner in laughter while helping us to remember what this event was truly about. Jeff Gleason Photography also volunteered his time to capture the moment. We can't wait to share his pictures with Jerry one day and explain how everyone came together to support him in his time of need.

Last but not least- to the competing married chefs, Matt Hart and Melissa Close Hart. Thank you. For your time, your hard work, your preparation and your love. Although this was a competition between you two- we know that Jerry was the true winner. Your food, your talent, and your giant hearts did not go unnoticed. We feel sorry for the restaurants that have to compete with your cooking in the future and we can't wait to support your new business venture the way you have supported our friend.

This event helped us raise over $3000 which puts us a little over $18,000 so far in one month's time. From the bottom of our hearts and stomachs, we are thankful. The world is a better place when we all try a little more to #livelikejerry.

Sincerely,
Jason and Kari Gaviria
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We have raised 85% of our goal in just 12 days! Friends of Jerry's from New York are piling in to support his recovery this weekend. Lots of tie-dye bandanas and love in Cville this morning. Stay strong Jerry- keep fighting #livelikejerry
#jkgaviria wedding with NY friends
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We've had over 150 people donate to #livelikejerry and together we've raised over $12,500. There are benefit dinners, specialty Jerry themed cocktails/pizzas, and tie-dye bandanas for sale. His story is being recognized all around the nation- even the SPCA's cutest new available adoptions were spotted rocking their #livelikejerry bandanas. How can you help? Share this post. Continue the flow of support. And most importantly #livelikejerry.
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Beau Cephus
48 months ago

You guys are amazing thank you so much there is only one yarri and I miss him tremendously.... Ill be down to see you soon buddy hang in there

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Katie Fineout
49 months ago

I just realized, my e-mail was not posted. If anyone has updates on how Jerry is doing, please e-mail me at kate.fineout@gmail.com. Again, it would be greatly appreciated.

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Jennifer Thayer
49 months ago

That picture above really made me laugh...Jerry drove that Frankenstein car all the way to Florida! That car sat in our driveway for a couple of months when he lived with us and attracted a lot of attention in our little neighborhood! Always up for a good laugh when you #livelikejerry!

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Jaimi Vajda
49 months ago

Thank you, Gaviria Family and Jerry's family, for doing this for Jerry. It is so wonderful to see the love and support grow. A special thanks to you Kari for kicking it off.

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Jaimi Vajda
49 months ago

Jerry! You're such a beautiful person! Neil and I are sending our love. Stay strong, bro. And remember, as you endure this, your own words of wisdom: "Life is good! The challenges are just part of the experience. Listen to some good music! Spread the love people!" See you soon. Love, Neil and Jaimi

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Oliver Bautista
48 months ago

Praying for a full and steady recovery... A friend of Jessi.

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Beau Bishop
48 months ago

My mother-in-law, Shirley McNulty, is passionate about helping Jerry. She knows him from his work with the Food Bank. This is my Christmas gift for Shirley and my heartfelt wish that Jerry recovers fully…..Beau Bishop

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Kellie Bishop
48 months ago

This contribution is a small Christmas present in honor of my mother, Shirley McNulty, who has been very touched by Jerry. She speaks so highly of him. It is sent with love and prayers for Jerry and his family.

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Beau Cephus
48 months ago

You guys are amazing thank you so much there is only one yarri and I miss him tremendously.... Ill be down to see you soon buddy hang in there

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Katie Fineout
49 months ago

I just realized, my e-mail was not posted. If anyone has updates on how Jerry is doing, please e-mail me at kate.fineout@gmail.com. Again, it would be greatly appreciated.

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Jennifer Thayer
49 months ago

That picture above really made me laugh...Jerry drove that Frankenstein car all the way to Florida! That car sat in our driveway for a couple of months when he lived with us and attracted a lot of attention in our little neighborhood! Always up for a good laugh when you #livelikejerry!

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Jaimi Vajda
49 months ago

Thank you, Gaviria Family and Jerry's family, for doing this for Jerry. It is so wonderful to see the love and support grow. A special thanks to you Kari for kicking it off.

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Jaimi Vajda
49 months ago

Jerry! You're such a beautiful person! Neil and I are sending our love. Stay strong, bro. And remember, as you endure this, your own words of wisdom: "Life is good! The challenges are just part of the experience. Listen to some good music! Spread the love people!" See you soon. Love, Neil and Jaimi

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