Brown Family Friends Fundraising Concert Draws 800, Family Thanks Supporters

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Spadtastics concert at Tilley Pond Park

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Longtime Darien resident and father of three DHS grads, Gordon Brown, will be coming home this week from a rehabilitation hospital in Chicago after the tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down this spring.


— an announcement from Brown Family Friends 


His return will be unquestionably challenging and difficult, but, hopefully has been made that much easier by the caring and support of the Darien community.

The Aug. 26 Spatastics concert and silent auction, held in Tilley Pond Park to raise funds for his family and defray some medical expenses, was hosted by Baywater Properties and the Glassmeyer family.

A crowd of about 800 came out to enjoy the  music of “The Spadtastics” and sample cuisine from a variety of local food trucks. Kids were entertained with  face painting and balloon art. The silent auction had prizes ranging from tickets to see the Jimmy Fallon Show to a cooking class at the Institute for Culinary Education for eight people.

“The Brown family is full of gratitude and appreciation for the unbelievable  support of the Darien community and all of those who gave their time and resources to make this event possible. People have responded with incredible generosity,”  said BFF organizer Barb Hazelton.


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“The evening was a great success, and, we hope, a fun opportunity for families and friends to reconnect and enjoy some of the last moments of summer.”

The Browns are facing staggering medical expenses for daily care, refitting their house for wheelchair accessibility and costs for things like a custom van which will be necessary to accommodate Gordon’s wheelchair. Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so through this website.

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