How to Help Highland Park Victims: List of Approved GoFundMe Campaigns | Chicago News
The suburb of Highland Park is still recovering from the aftermath of Monday’s Fourth of July parade shooting, which left seven people dead and at least 30 injured.
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering told a news conference on Tuesday that information on where to donate would be released on the city website later in the day.
Rotering asked those wishing to donate “to be aware of potential scams on GoFundMe and other means of fundraising.”
GoFundMe has listed Verified fundraisers for those affected by the Highland Park Parade shooting including individuals, families and relief funds:
• Highland Park, IL Parade Shooting Victims Fund: Organized by VictimsFirst, a network of victim survivors of mass crimes, all money raised through this centralized fund for victims will go directly to the families of those who died and were injured. Victims first has previously raised funds for victims of mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, Buffalo, NY and Indianapolis, Ind.
• Victims of the 4th of July shooting in Highland Park: this fundraiser is also affiliated with VictimsFirst. Donations will go towards funeral expenses, medical expenses and mental health support.
• Irina and Kevin McCarthy: Irina Colon is hosting this fundraiser on behalf of Irina and Kevin McCarthy’s son. The McCarthys were killed in the July 4 shooting. Money raised through this fundraiser will support their 2-year-old surviving son, Aiden, and the caregivers who will be responsible for caring for him.
• Homemaker for Kolpack’s & Joyce: Samantha Whitehead is hosting this fundraiser on behalf of Chicago Public Schools teacher Zoe Kolpack and her family. Kolpack was shot in the femur. Her husband, Stephen, and father, Mike Joyce, were also shot in the leg, while Stephen’s brother, Nicholas, was shot in the kneecap. The donations will be used to financially relieve the family in view of their medical expenses.
• Alain Castillo: Melissa Martinez is hosting this fundraiser for her brother-in-law Alan Castillo. Castillo is currently awaiting surgery for a gunshot wound to his back. The donations will be used for his medical and postoperative expenses.
• Filming of Highland Park: Nivia Guzman organized this fundraiser on behalf of her grandparents, Maria and Eduardo Uvaldo, who were shot in the head and arm, and her younger brother who was also shot in the arm.
• Nicholas Toledo: Xochil Toledo and Vicki Barrera organize this fundraiser for Xochil’s grandfather, Nicolas Toledo. Toledo was a 78-year-old father of eight and grandfather to many who spent most of his life in the Chicago area before retiring to his hometown of Morelos, Mexico.
•Jacquelyn Sundheim: Sophia Astrene is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of her best friend’s mother, Jacquelyn Sundheim. She was known in the community for teaching children and coordinating special events at her local synagogue. Donations will be used for funeral and living expenses for the family.
•Lilli Carrasco and Hailey Conner: Lilli Carrasco and Hailey Conner are hosting this fundraiser on behalf of their family. Carrasco’s face was grazed by a bullet. The donations will go towards the medical and therapeutic expenses of their family.
In addition to donating money to these fundraisers, NorthShore University HealthSystem, which received 26 mass shooting patients between the ages of eight and 85, is accepting blood donations from those who are at least 17, weigh over 110 pounds and are in good health, according to its website.
According to NorthShore, an appointment is required to donate blood at NorthShore Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park or Swedish Hospital.
To make an appointment, call 847-570-2242 or email:[email protected].
Note: This story was originally published on July 5, it has been updated to include our “Chicago Tonight” live report.
This story will continue to be updated with more information on how to support victims.