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Community Spotlight:  Sturgeon Bay rallies around victims of Butch's Bar fire

The aftermath of the fire at Butch’s Bar in Sturgeon Bay has brought out a community-wide outpouring and efforts to assist the victims. Rick and Abby Hess from Samuelson’s Creek Pub and the White Birch Inn were one of many to step up for employee Gary McCoy, Jr., who was one of the displaced residents from Butch’s with an incredibly successful clothing drive to help out initially. The overflow of donations went to the United Way to benefit all fire victims. The Hess couple is now planning a benefit in April to help pay for medical bills for Gary McCoy, Sr., who is still recovering from severe burns from the fire. Rick and Abby are amazed and thankful at how the Sturgeon Bay and Door County community consistently comes together to help those in their time of need.



Rick Hess adds that the planned benefit will be on Saturday, April 2, from 4 pm until 7 pm with a silent auction with a spaghetti and meatball buffet.   

A Butch’s Benefit Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16 at 6:45 pm at the Door County Fire Company, where the United Way will be collecting donations while local musicians perform.  

You can also make donations at Nicolet Bank in Sturgeon Bay through the United Way of Door County-Butch’s Bar Fire Victims Fund.

The entire conversation with Rick and Abby Hess can be found on the Community Spotlight podcast page. 


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