YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Last November, Colin Brown was murdered at Youngstown’s Last Call Bar and Grill, but now his sister and some of the people he worked with are planning a fundraiser in his honor.
Sunday evening at Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts in downtown Youngstown, from 6-9 p.m., there will be a pay-it-forward event to raise money for the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley. It’s being done in honor of Colin Brown.
“It came along with Christian and Mark (Christian Rinehart and Mark Worsencroft, owners of Suzie’s.) Colin was a colleague of Christian’s — back in the day, they worked together. So when Colin passed, he was real big on pay-it-forward. They all liked the idea, we kind of got together. It was actually their idea to pay-it-forward along with Suzie’s Dogs,” said April Brown, Colin’s sister.
April is the one who organized the fundraiser. She says hot dogs are $4 and Suzie’s will match each one that is bought.
The second Wednesday of each month, Suzie’s will then serve dinners at the Rescue Mission in honor of Colin. It’s $10 at the door.
“All the proceeds, 100 percent goes toward the mission. I believe there’s also a 15 percent of sales of the food on the night of the event that will also go toward the mission,” April said.
According to April, Colin was very big into paying things forward.
“He was always like that and it just came about when my brother passed away, that this was such a great idea to give back,” she said.
A series of fundraisers will be held throughout the year in honor of Colin, who April said would love that they are doing this in his name.
“Colin would absolutely love this idea. He is just up there looking down, smiling at all of us doing this for him,” she said.