Updated: June 4, 2014, 12:35 p.m. and 7:47 p.m.
After a Maplewood restaurant construction collapse that killed one man and seriously injured another, community residents and businesses are organizing to aid the families of those men.
Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty has partnered with the Maplewood Village Alliance to establish a fund to collect donations for the families of the deceased and injured, according to a press release from Keller Williams. For details on the fund, please contact Julie Doran at the Village Alliance at [email protected] or Reed Kean from Keller Williams at [email protected].
Additionally, at the Village Alliance’s annual “Girl’s Night Out” on Thursday evening, tip jars will be provided to collect donations for the staff of Coda as financial aid to the waiters, bartenders, and other employees, while the restaurant is rebuilt. Please visit https://maplewoodvillagenj.com for event details.
Co-owners Bradley Takahashi and Luke Finn have issued this statement from the Coda family:
“As you know, a tragic accident occurred last week at Coda. We are devastated by the injuries and the loss of life and our hearts go out to the affected families. We also want to thank the dozens of emergency workers who came to our aid. We will never forget their bravery, professionalism, and compassion. We also appreciate the outpouring of love and support from the community during this trying time and we look forward to serving you again as soon possible.”
The Maplewood Village Alliance has established an account for the donations for the Chen family. The account is entitled and checks can be made payable to:
Maplewood Village Alliance – Chen Family Fund
All donations will be tax deductible and a receipt with the applicable EIN and Charitable Tax ID numbers will be issued when donations are received. Checks should be mailed to:
PO Box 1360
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Attn: Chen Family Fund
Here is the link for online donations:
As with donations by check, all donations through this online crowd funding site are tax deductible and donors will receive a receipt with the the necessary EIN/Charitable ID numbers.
Of note, 100% of all donations made through this site will go to the Chen Family. An anonymous donor has agreed to cover the cost of all processing fees.