A benefit will be held for those affected by the Simeon's crash at Lot 10 Saturday. (Courtesy of the Lot 10 Facebook page)

Ithaca, N.Y. — An event held Saturday at Lot 10 for workers affected by the crash at Simeon’s on the Commons raised more than $3,000, according to one of the event’s organizers.

Hundreds of people streamed into the Ithaca bar Saturday night for the event, the proceeds of which went to the Downtown Ithaca Alliance’s Accident Benefit Fund.

93.5 WVBR put on the event, and major sponsors included the Finger Lakes Technologies Group and P&C Fresh, according to Mark Anbinder, whose 14850.com was also a co-sponsor.

“‘Over $3,000’ was the preliminary count on Saturday night, including the door, food sales, and (I think) silent auction bids,” Anbinder said Monday. “It didn’t include the donation Lot 10 was going to make on a portion of Simeon’s signature cocktail sales.”

The June 20 crash on the Commons killed a pregnant young mother and put dozens of people out of work.

The community has since rallied to their support. An earlier benefit in Stewart Park raised at least $9,000 for crash victims.

“The crowd got really big at night,” Anbinder said of Saturday’s event. “The last three bands had a pretty packed lounge upstairs.”

Anbinder said there were “a lot of generous people at the door, a lot of generous auction bidders, and an impressive array of auction items donated by local businesses, many of them small, privately owned, family businesses.”

For our latest reporting on the crash, see here.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.