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Highland Park Community Foundation Releases Grant Guidelines for Victims of July 4 Parade Massacre

The Highland Park Community Foundation will provide grants to victims of the 4th of July Parade Massacre or their families and will also donate money to non-profit organizations helping others who have suffered, September 7 being the date limit for filing complaints.

The foundation, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is well known in the region for its local charitable giving. With the blessing of the Town of Highland Park, he created a 4th of July Highland Park Shooting Response Fund immediately after the attack. Money raised through fundraisers, the sale of items such as t-shirts and signs, and individual donations was directed to this fund.

The foundation set up a nine-member committee – Together Highland Park Unidos – to manage the fund and find a process for distributing the money.

A gunman firing from a roof above a store along the Central Avenue parade route killed seven people and injured 48 others – and traumatized dozens more in Highland Park, Highwood and the neighboring suburbs. The alleged killer is being held without bond in a Lake County Jail in Waukegan.

The committee held meetings this month at Highwood Public Library and Highland Park Public Library to seek input from the families of the deceased, injured and other victims.

The fund will be used to help:

  • The families of those killed.
  • Physically injured people who have been hospitalized.
  • Injured people who were treated on an outpatient basis.
  • Non-profit organizations “serving the needs of victims and the community” after the attack.

The foundation plans that the families of the deceased victims and people who “suffered permanent catastrophic physical injuries such as severe brain damage, amputation of limbs or severe paralysis” will all receive the same payment.

For those injured and hospitalized within 10 days of the shooting for one or more nights, “payment should be based on the number of days” spent in the hospital, the guidelines state.

Those injured and treated without hospital stay, who form a different category of people eligible for benefits, “will receive the same payment regardless of the injury”.

Funding for the nonprofits will be based on “the increase and type of client services these organizations provide to victims and the community in the aftermath of the shooting” for efforts not reimbursed by federal governments, state or local.

The foundation has not yet disclosed the amount of donations received so far. The fund will continue to accept donations until the first week of October.

A spokesperson for the foundation told the Sun-Times that the majority of funds are expected to go to victims, although the percentages allocated to each category have yet to be determined. While the families of the dead and 48 injured – who were named in the alleged shooter’s indictment – ​​are at the center of the benefits, others who were hospitalized within 10 days of the shooting or treated at a medical institution during this period may also apply, the spokesperson said.

The complaint form is available at For more information on complaints, send an e-mail [email protected] or call 773-733-0650.

The committee appointed Bruce Boyd and Eric Kessler, both directors at Arabella Advisors, to administer the fund. Committee members include Betsy Brint, President of the Highland Park Community Foundation and Terri Olian, Executive Director of the group. The committee will approve “the final allocation of funds” for each category, officials said.