Father and son John and Bill VerHines own GRAMCO, a furniture restoration company that has been in business in Wayne for 50 years. On April 29, 2015, the two were involved in a devastating crash caused by a young drunk driver, altering their lives in an instant. The two now have traumatic brain injuries requiring daily medical attention. Thankfully after a year of intense therapies which will continue for years, they are slowly recovering. Because of their never ending financial need and uncooperative insurance carriers, the family needs help. A “Restoring VerHines Legacy” Spaghetti Fundraiser is planned for Friday, April 29th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 3 Town Square, across from the Wayne Post Office.
“We are so grateful to the community for organizing a fundraiser for our family,” said Erin VerHines, wife to Bill and daughter-in-law to John. “Friends and family have been wonderfully supportive. This fundraiser will help us pay our daily living expenses as well as provide for the various therapies and medical attention both men need. My mother-in-law, John’s wife, is also disabled and I, myself have a spinal condition. We are sharing a compact car among six people right now. We could use some help.” The two families need at least $4,000 a month to make ends meet. Bill and Erin also have two small children.
Admission price to the fundraiser is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 6 which includes all you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread and salad. A gluten-free dinner option will also be available. There will also be a bake sale in which all proceeds go toward the VerHines family. The event is sponsored by the TAFFY (Taking Action For Friends, Family and Youth) Foundation, a 501 c3 non-profit organization that strives to improve the quality of life for Michigan families burdened with hardship. TAFFY’s mission is to provide financial assistance and hope to those struggling for a myriad of reasons.
If you would like to donate food or volunteer, please call 734-788-2258. If you would like to make a donation, go to the VerHines GoFundMe page at GoFundMe.com/verhines. Every dollar you donate will help support the family legacy including paying for monthly rent and utilities, medical appointments and therapies not covered by insurance. For more information about the GRAMCO legacy, visit the website at www.gramcorestoration.com. Please RSVP to the fundraiser on the Restoring VerHines Legacy Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RestoringVerHinesLegacy.