Justice for George and Chris Zander

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Raised by 106 people in 46 months
We at Desert Stonewall Democrats are working to raise money to match $5000 offered as a reward to apprehend and convict the perpetrators of a hate crime against 2 members of the Palm Springs LGBT community.  The email I received (and of course confirmed) said this:

"Two of Hunters patron’s (Chris Zanders and George Zanders) part of the gay softball league on the Piranha’s (orange jerseys) were assaulted after leaving Hunters last night about 8:15 pm. They were holding hands and were called “faggots” and the aggressor got into an altercation with Chris. After stating that he did not want to fight, Chris released him. The instigator then came back with two buddies and snuck up and hit Chris on the back of the head with a bottle. Chris suffered a concussion and was knocked partially unconscious and needed staples in the back of his head and stiches to his lip.

George, an active member of Stonewall Democrats, (71+)was pushed down in the scuffle and broke his hip. George will be undergoing Hip Surgery tomorrow at DRMC.

Both were taken by ambulance to Desert Regional, Chris was released. There were witnesses and a police report was filed."

Detective Stephanie Campbell from the Palm Springs Police Department “crimes against persons unit “ is handling the investigation.  If anyone has any information, please contact her. 
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Thanks everyone for your outpouring of support and concern for Chris. Thank you all for your generous donations.
I have it on good authority that a reward for the attackers will not be necessary. Thus, if any of you feel that you would like a refund for your donation it will be refunded. For those of you who do not, we will use the money for all the expenses that Chris will now be facing following George's untimely death and to help Chris get on his feet after this terrible loss. Thanks again to this wonderful loving community which has been a huge and caring family.
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We in Palm Springs are so sad. We lost George Zander yesterday morning. His spirit and his kindness and activism will be with us for a very long time but this world is a lesser place without him. At this time we are not asking for donations as we are again checking the need for the reward. There may be expenses in the near future or additional medical bills coming in but we don't know right now. Please keep George and his sweet husband Chris in your minds and each person please do what you can to work against the hate that kills.
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So many people have been asking what they can do and in addition to donations I do have something now. The food in the rehab facility does leave something to be desired so it would be great if we could coordinate healthy lunches and dinners. Salads, fruits, home-made soups, fish, chicken,etc. George doesn't eat red meat and also tries to limit sodium. Please contact me if you'd like to help with this. You can send me a message here or on Facebook.
It's going to be a slow recovery.
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George is doing relatively well in a convalescent and rehab facility. He's still in a good bit of pain but it's being well managed. Since we have reached the goal for the reward we are now fundraising to help with medical expenses and to fit out George and Chris's home for accessibility. George will undoubtedly need long-term physical therapy. We're doing everything we can to publicize the reward in the hopes of it motivates someone with information that will lead to the arrest of these violent and bigoted men. Thank you all in this wonderful community for all of your support and concern.
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Sheila Miller
45 months ago

Hi there - I would like to help with a meal for George. Lori Cohen-Sanford is a wonderful personal chef specializes in super healthy but tasty food. She is cooking for me this Tuesday - stuffed chicken, fresh veggies and a salad. It will be yummy and healthy. Just checked with her and she can make the same for George when she is at my house on Tuesday. If this would work I can deliver to you (I think you are in MCE as am I) late Tuesday afternoon of first thing we'd. Please let me know if that will work - sorry to be so specific but she only comes on Tuesday and after this week I will be gone for a few weeks. I am at 760 656-0859 if you want to discuss. Thanks - Sheila Miller

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Created November 2, 2015
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RD
$20
Rick Deutsch
44 months ago
$25
Claudia Galvez
44 months ago
DS
$25
Donna Shepherd
44 months ago
$200
Anonymous
45 months ago
DF
$25
David Feltman
45 months ago
RW
$50
rick weingard
45 months ago

Keep feeling better and stronger each day

$20
Rohn Butterfield
45 months ago
$25
Sue Townsley
45 months ago

George -- I only know you on FB, but because you're friends with Ronni Sanlo, you've got to be a good guy!

$25
Shirley Wilson
45 months ago

Please accept my small donation in the hopes it will help. So very sorry this has happened to two innocent people. It is 2015, when will this ever end?

$25
Katie Donlin
45 months ago
Sheila Miller
45 months ago

Hi there - I would like to help with a meal for George. Lori Cohen-Sanford is a wonderful personal chef specializes in super healthy but tasty food. She is cooking for me this Tuesday - stuffed chicken, fresh veggies and a salad. It will be yummy and healthy. Just checked with her and she can make the same for George when she is at my house on Tuesday. If this would work I can deliver to you (I think you are in MCE as am I) late Tuesday afternoon of first thing we'd. Please let me know if that will work - sorry to be so specific but she only comes on Tuesday and after this week I will be gone for a few weeks. I am at 760 656-0859 if you want to discuss. Thanks - Sheila Miller

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