Community Rallies Around Local Teen

On March 16, Park Avenue retailers and restaurants will show support for 17-year-old Trinity Prep student John Michael Night with a fundraiser to support his recovery.

John Michael suffered a devastating brain stem stroke on December 14, 2015, and is now in what is medically referred to as “Locked in Syndrome,” which means that he is cognitively aware of everything that is going on, but only has control of the movements of his eyes to communicate. He was a lacrosse player at Trinity Prep and had just signed a D1 scholarship to play at Mercer University. Now, he is working very hard to rehabilitate his body to the best of his ability.

The community has really rallied around his cause, including other schools, local businesses and compassionate parents.

On March 16, in honor of John Michael’s birthday, businesses on Park Avenue will donate some of their proceeds toward his recovery fund. Below is a listing of some of the participating merchants and their promotions:

  • Alex and Ani – 15 percent of sales from 6-8pm, refreshments and light bites served.
  • LaBella Intimates & Boutique, Violet Clover, Talbots, Through the Looking Glass, Lilly Pulitzer, Scout and Molly’s, Reynolds & Co.The Paper Shop and Walk On Water – 10 percent of sales from the entire day.
  • Forema (6-8pm) and The Grove (3-8pm) – 10 percent of sales during select times.
  • Panera Bread (Park Avenue location only) – 10 percent of sales from 11am – 1pm.
  • J. McLaughlin – 15 percent of sales from entire day.
  • Be On Park – 18 percent of sales from entire day.
  • Cottonways – 20 percent of sales from items in John Michael’s school colors, white and gold.
  • Impeccable Pig – 20 percent of sales from all full-priced items sold from 6-8pm.
  • Downeast – 10 percent of sales from entire day and 15 percent of sales from 5-7pm, when wine and light bites will be served. They are also selling a limited number of JM Converse sneakers.
  • Tugboat and the Bird – 10 percent of sales from entire day, plus candy sales from the month of February.
  • Maureen H. Hall Stationary and Invitations – 20 percent of wedding invitation purchased over $500, which includes a wedding invite consulting fee (a $600 value).
  • Other participants include Charlyi, who has donated a percentage from January and February sales.

To keep up with John Michael’s recovery or to learn more, visit his Facebook page.

Story appeared in the March/April 2016 issue (pgs 40 & 41) of Orange Appeal magazine.

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