BRUSLY, La. (BRPROUD) — A Sonic Drive-In located on LA 1 hosted a fundraiser in support of the families of the two teens killed in a New Year’s Eve crash during a police chase after a home invasion suspect.
The fundraiser ran from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12. The restaurant’s owners said 50% of proceeds went to the families of Maggie Dunn and Caroline Gill.
“When we heard the tragic news about Caroline and Maggie, it hit very close to home,” said the franchise owners. “A few months ago, our Brusly Sonic hosted a pep rally at Brusly High School. We passed out Sonic shirts to the cheerleaders to throw at the students. Maggie and Caroline were there that day, helping us and showing their school spirit and pride. We are hosting this fundraiser to not only support the Gill and Dunn families but to show support to a grieving community. We would love to continue raising money, awareness, and community support in the future.”
The Sonic Drive-In is located at 6089 LA-1 South, Brusly.
According to the Marketing Director of the Brusly Sonic location, Elise Hellstern, she says there’s more to Sonic than just food.
“At the end of the day, we’re not just fast food burgers. You know we’re real people here, with feelings and emotions and have families of our own. And you know when we heard about it, we wanted to spring into action, and you know do as much as we could for the families affected and for the community as a whole” said Hellstern.
Multiple businesses in West Baton Rouge Parish have offered their support to the families by hosting their own fundraisers.
Another way to help is to donate blood for Liam Dunn, Maggie’s brother, who was injured in the crash. There are three upcoming blood drives for Liam. To see when and where those are happening, click here.