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Added Jul 17 2011

Does anyone know what happened to the little liquor store Windy City Liquors on the corner of Damen and Argyle? They've been closed for four days now with just a handwritten sign that says 'Sorry we are closed.' I just wonder because I go there a lot and am friendly with the family that owns the place, I hope nothing bad has happened.

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    Just got off the phone with the Tribune.. they are interested in the fundraiser!

  • Caroline R. San Diego---->Chicago

    She just emailed me as well! She's looking for a phone # for the Peci's, do they know we have this set up for them? Or will it be a total surprise if she's able to get a hold of them?

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    I haven't had a chance to go in and talk to them. If anyone who lives right in the area wants to stop in and let them know (if they don't already) that would be awesome!

  • just my 2 cent. It may not be a good idea for the paper to call them. It's only been a week, i'm sure they are grieving and the last thing they want is people calling confirming things. We should let them have their time as a family without everyone getting in their business.

    As far as the fundraiser, maybe the paper may want to interview with us only.

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    That's exactly what I was thinking. Plus, I want to make sure they know this is set up before the paper starts asking questions..

  • Caroline R. San Diego---->Chicago

    I agree. They definitely need to know what's going on before they speak with anyone.

  • I know them personally, and i think inquiring about their sons death, is an invasion of privacy let alone insensitive to their feelings. Though all intentions may be good from the paper.

  • Pete F. Lifelong Chicagoan, Proud Democrat

    I think a newspaper article and a story about how much their neighbors care might be a great way to honor their son. I think someone should let them know, and then let the reporter bring this very touching story to the city as a whole. I'm sure the reporter will use discretion and compassion in covering the story.

  • FMS

    I'm with dfrost on this one. On a personal level, I know the family pretty well and this has been extremely difficult for them. I just spoke to Eduard and, while he's doing his best to hold up, his wife is having a very bad time.

    I was able to explain that the community was raising money and he was very thankful but it's still a difficult time for them. They have trouble speaking and understanding English and I think a strange person asking them about a painful situation could be quite overwhelming.

    I considered Gejrgji a pretty good friend and, honestly, I'm still quite shaken up by this. I feel that we should let the family grieve on their own and in private. I think it's fantastic how everyone is coming together to help out and, right now, I think it's really important that the Pecis realize that neighborhood and community is behind them.

    I know that there would be good intentions behind an article but, based off my personal relationship with them, I really don't feel good about involving a reporter and having their pain showcased for all too see. I might feel differently about this in a month but right now everything is just too fresh.

  • Pete F. Lifelong Chicagoan, Proud Democrat

    FMS, would you consider broaching the subject with them?

  • FMS

    No, I'm not going to approach them about this.

    As stated in my earlier message, this has been a very difficult time for the family and I just want to let them know that people are thinking about them and that there is support from the community.

    Other than promote the fundraiser (which would be great), I don't know what a newspaper article would do other than showcase a tragedy and subsequent outpouring of community support to the readers. To me, it's about the family, and not us coming together to make a charity case about a family who has asked for nothing.

    Again, I think it's fantastic to see so much support but I just don't know to what end the article would be working towards.

  • Pete F. Lifelong Chicagoan, Proud Democrat

    That, by the way, was the reason I even thought to submit the tip: promoting the fundraising for the family.

    I can't say the reporter won't follow through on the family, all I did was submit the tip, but however things turn out, I hope it's accepted in the spirit it was intended.

  • DGA

    I agree with dfrost and FMS. This newspaper reporter thig seems a little crewel to me. Once something is in a reporters hand, no one knows what they may do. Please think of some of the tragedies that have been cause by the reporters themselves. I remember a couple of times reporters have driven someone already in a tragedy to commit suicide in order to escape. I, for one, know this would not be my intension and if the mother is a shaken as indicated this could just be too much for her to bare right now .... just my 2 cents as a mother :-)

  • TLM

    This newspaper idea makes me very uncomfortable. The fundraiser is a very kind gesture, but there is no need to make them a spectacle. The fact that people who know the family personally are against it makes me pause.

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    I talked to the reporter on the phone, just to see what she wanted. She asked about the fundraiser, what it was for, and how I felt about the community coming together. That was basically it. It was probably a 5 minute or less conversation. I told her I wasn't sure if the family knew about the fundraiser as I hadn't had a chance to stop in since they reopened, however, we as a community wanted this to be something we gave to them because we cared, not because of the hype in some news story.

  • Val J B First-time homebuyers in Jefferson Park!

    I'm very grateful to have come across this site, and to know how many amazing neighbors we have! We live across the street from Windy City Liquors and shop there regularly, and were so sad to hear about the robbery and their son's passing. Organizers of the fundraiser, if there is anything we can do to help with logistics, please email me! Also, my husband and I took some food to the family this past weekend (I'm an Iowan, food's what we do in times of tragedy), because I'm sure cooking and eating are the last thing on their minds right now. What about inviting fundraiser attendees to bring a "dish to donate" so we can stock their freezer?? Just a thought.

  • Sean O. Rogers Park resident since 2012

    I just joined EveryBlock and am glad I got on in time to find out about and add to this fundraising effort. Thank you to those who have organized these efforts to support the Peci family in this difficult time in a way that respects their grief and privacy.

  • gina_g Lincoln Square Resident

    If we're still going to explore having a fund raiser at a bar, someone may want to talk to Frank at Leadway. He's a good guy and he's involved in the community. I spoke to him yesterday and he said that he would be interested in helping out. I would try to organize it, but I'm a pretty disorganized person. Plus I didn't want to mess up anything that might already be in the works since someone had mentioned having one at Gios.

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    Gina,

    Message me, we can work together on this.

  • FMS

    I exchanged a few text messages with Jason from Gio's the other day and it sounded like something could be done there as well. I'm going out of town this afternoon and won't be back until Sunday night. I can talk to Gio's next week to see what can be done.

    It sounds like we have a lot of options so I'm sure we'll be able to figure something out!

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor
  • Pete F. Lifelong Chicagoan, Proud Democrat

    I think that is a wonderful article that honors his memory and the family. I hope it does some good in raising more money for the family.

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    It really was a good article, from the sound of it, it seems like the reporter went and actually talked to the family. I would assume they gave their blessing on the article as it has some good background information and doesnt sound like it was centrally focused on them.

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    Meaning it promoted how our community came together.. not so much on the pain the family is going through.

  • Caroline R. San Diego---->Chicago

    I agree. The tone of the article is very nice, and is not focused on the Peci's suffering but on the community as a whole, and how beneficial helping others is.

  • Caroline R. San Diego---->Chicago

    Wow, go take a look at the fundraising page. It appears that the article has had a great effect!!

  • Awesome! Reposting for ease in reference: http://www.giveforward.com/pecifamilyfundraiser

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    With only a few days in we are already 53% of our goal of $1500!! I hope we can raise it up again!

  • Crystal Ravenswood resident since 2007

    Wow, this is really incredible and we haven't even had the fundraiser at the bar yet! I really love that this article was so respectful of the family and yet showed how much members of the community can make a difference. I learned a lot about the Pecis from that article, and why it is that my neighbors cared so much about them to start this topic and fundraiser. I love my neighborhood :)

  • Caroline R. San Diego---->Chicago

    Speaking of the bar fundraiser, has there been any progress on that?

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    I haven't really had to opportunity. But from what Gina said above, Leadway would be interested in helping out. I think that would be a great place to hold a fundraiser.

    If anyone wants to get the ball rolling on this, I would be grateful!

  • Pete F. Lifelong Chicagoan, Proud Democrat

    I'm glad to report that the article is actually in today's newspaper, and not just on their website! I'm so glad this worked out for the best for everyone involved. I just feel so bad for the family.

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    Pete, what page/section?

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    Wow!!! Over $1100!!

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    I am so stunned. People from all over the city have donated! I raised our goal up to $2000 because I know we can do it!

  • Caroline R. San Diego---->Chicago

    Isn't it great?

  • Pete F. Lifelong Chicagoan, Proud Democrat

    Just curious, how and when do you plan on getting the family the money? How does the fundraising website work?

    I only ask because I'm not sure it should wait too long just for the sake of meeting the goal. If they could use the money, they could probably use it sooner rather than later.

    Perhaps a deadline should be set.

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    The website is set up with the Peci family address, and it is under Eduards name. When it expires (currently it runs til mid August) the money is donated to the family. I can change that date though..

  • Pete F. Lifelong Chicagoan, Proud Democrat

    Maybe when a date is set for the bar fundraiser, change it to end that day? That probably makes the most sense.

  • DGA

    I would say to set the end date about a week after the fund raiser. This way people who hear by word of mouth would have a chance to donate. I can see it,

    1) went to this fund rasier for ....

    2) Wow, that is something, I do not read the newspaper and do not follow this everyblock thing. Maybe I should look into everyblock sometime, but I would have really liked to help the community by attending the fund raiser with you ...

    3) If you are really interested, you can still donate by looking up the Peci family on the Tribute web site and following the link to pay it forward ...

    just my 2 cents :)

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    Has anyone had a chance to stop into either Leadway or Gio's?

  • Hello. I just discovered this post . Pls tell me hoe I can make a donation?

  • Pete F. Lifelong Chicagoan, Proud Democrat

    Let's not let this topic die! It's possible the online fundraiser won't raise much more money than where it's at now. I'm not sure where a bar fundraiser stands, but I think we should do something to either let the family know we haven't forgotten about them, or end the online one so they can benefit from the money sooner than later.

    What do you all think?

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    I think a bar fundraiser would be great. However, the few people on here I have reached out to for help putting this together have not responded.

    Ill ask again, can anyone who said they spoke with people at Gio's or Leadway please help put something together?

    Otherwise I will end the online fundraiser.

  • FMS

    I really don't think I'll be able to set something up at Gio's.

    The Pecis know that the fundraiser is not finishing until the end of August so I don't think there's any harm in keeping it up. I was able to get 2 people to donate over the weekend and I know others who have said they plan on donating. Might as well stretch it out as long as possible.

  • As far as ending the fundraiser early...let it run it's course. I'm sure we can reach our goal.

    @fms, get in touch with me regarding the info on cafe.

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    I reached out to Leadway, but haven't heard back yet. I'll keep everyone posted.

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    Sadly, I received no response. And again, I am out of town.

  • BDub Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor

    So the fundraiser just ended at $1,530. Thank you so much to everyone who donated. The check will be going out to the family on September 1st.

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