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Quaid Mobus is Off of the Ventilator: Fundraising Efforts Continue

TheAlternativePress.com Staff

Thursday, October 31, 2013 • 11:23am

WARREN, NJ - Today is Quaid's birthday. Quaid Mobus, a 2010 graduate of Watchung Hills Regional High School turns 22, today, Oct. 31.

Quaid Mobus, a young man from Warren, was severely injured in an ATV accident in September. The Mobus family has deep roots in the community going back several decades and a legacy of kindness and service to the town with many family members working at local establishments. The family has former, as well as currently active, members in the local Volunteer Fire Deptartments.

Quaid Mobus was in an ATV accident on Friday, September 20. Mobus was four wheeling the day before his sister's wedding in the back country of Pennsylvania when he lost control of his vehicle. He sustained a spinal cord injury and was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philladelphia. 

Mobus has since been moved to Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in South Orange. In an update Oct. 28, " Nothing left in Quaid's room but him, his bed and so much love!!!.... Every machine to assist is GONE!! Lungs have kicked in! Amazing is a understatement !! Once again.... Thank you. He continues to give his all with PT and speech etc. His spirits are so bright and positive," said friend Carrie Isler

 “We are so grateful for all the prayers, visits, cards and gifts. Our community has been awesome," said Cindy Mobus. Support is also evidenced by several fundraising efforts that are underway. An Indigogo fund for online donations, which is up to over $24,000.00, is very much appreciated by the family.

For more information or to donate, http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-quaid-mobus

Alll proceeds will go toward medical bills, the purchase of a specialized wheelchair, a vehicle capable of transporting his wheelchair and renovations to make the Mobus home handicap accessible.“When Quaid returns, I want our house ready for him. He should be unlimited and comfortable in his home," said Quaid's mother Cindy Mobus.
 
 Other fundraisers include proceeds from wine sales at http://www.myttv.com/shop/catalog.aspx? eventId=E15320&from=DIRECTLINK# And shirt sales at http://www.capsad.com/support- quaid-mobus.html.
 
Additionally, Trattoria Bolu, located at 25 Mountainview Blvd. in Basking Ridge is donating $4.00 for every purchase of the Quaid Mobus apple dessert.
  
Local businesses are selling support items as well. Support bracelets, are being sold at Sports Minded Unlimited and Bardy Farms. Malanga's Farm & Greenhouses is selling t-shirts and sweatshirts to help.

Additional fundraising plans were discussed at a meeting on October 24. Karen Manner led the meeting on fundraising ideas to help the Mobus family with expenses related to the immediate and ongoing care of Quaid. Approximately 16 people were in attendance including 5 members of Washington Valley Fire Company. The next meeting is scheduled for November 21 at 7p.m. at Washington Valley Firehouse. All are welcome. Fundraising efforts already in the planning stages include the following.

Mike Dalton spoke on behalf of Washington Valley Firehouse.  They will donate  their  "Spin  n  Win” proceeds to the Quaid Mobus Fund. “Spin n Win” is a fun annual event that the entire town is always invited to. Tickets or tokens are purchased at the door and the fun begins by spining boardwalk-style wheels to win Thanksgiving themed items; such as turkeys, hams, baskets of baked goods or vegetables. It will be held on Friday, Nov. 22 from 7-9 p.m.

“3 Stones” Bluegrass Band (originals and covers) will be playing at the Watching Arts Center, 18 Stirling Rd. Watchung (on the circle) on November 8th at 8 p.m. with proceeds from that evening benefitting the Quaid Mobus Fund. Tickets are $16 in  advance and $20 at the door. Go online http://watchungartscenter.eventbrite.com/ for tickets. For more information call the Arts Center at908-753-0190. Bring your friends.

Kim Girgus has put together a Motorcycle Run with The Low Riders, set for April 26. Registration will be at Washington Valley Firehouse followed by a family style picnic at the Elks. Music, kid-friendly activities, food and beverages are requested by donation. $20 tickets will be sold for this event. To volunteer for this great event or for more information, please contact Kim at: girgusk@gmail.com

If you have expressed interest in helping, the following represents some of the great and creative fundraising ideas put forward at the meeting. They are all terrific ideas but they take a lot of elbow grease. At the Nov.21 meeting, based on volunteer commitments and other factors, it will be decided which of the following ideas are a “go”, or a“no”, or a“let’s re-visit this idea next year”. So, read carefully and contact the person who’s name and email is listed with how you can help with a volunteer commitment to the particular event.

Dean’s Natural Markets (3 stores) was inspired to help out. Their idea was to put together a benefit concert. Possibly at Forest Lodge, Harry Dunham Park or WHRHS. A Spring time frame with several bands was discussed. As other ideas circulated, it was suggested a few events could be folded into this one, making it a “carnival and concert” or “picnic and concert” with events for children as well, face-painting, etc. and could include craft fair (was presented as separate idea) It would take a lot of volunteers to make it happen with proceeds being donated. If interested in helping, please contact Erin Strickland at erin@deansnaturalfoodmarket.com

QUAID MOBUS DAY in WARREN was another suggestion. Discussion revolved around contacting local businesses and restaurants requesting a donation of a portion of their proceeds from that day and their business would be advertised as a participating store. This can be creative with restaurants picking a favorite entree, sandwich, or dessert, or “flavor of the day” that they want to promote and donate proceeds from that particular item to the fund. As an example, currently there is a restaurant that has named a dessert in honor of Quaid and is donating profits from the sale. Volunteers needed to coordinate this. There is no contact person as of yet for this event.

Concessions donations. Another idea was to solicit donations from concession stands at local sporting events in exchange for volunteers manning the booths. Possible venues: Snack shacks at Warren’s fields, Patriots hot dog stand, or the RAC. Volunteers needed.

Diana Lentzsch was not able to attend the meeting but she spoke to the trainers at her gym about doing a run/walk fundraiser. A suggestion was made to offer it to all the gyms in Warren and coordinate the event as one multi-gym run/walk, working together for the same cause. Maybe a few times around Watchung lake or the WHRHS track or a 5K run/walk. Please contact Diana Lentzsch at: djlentzsch@gmail.com if interested in helping. 

Evelyn Mazzeo has done some research on conducting a Car raffle. It’s a great form of fundraising and since we have some community members who own dealerships, we thought they might be able to help us with this event. Evelyn has done quite a bit of footwork already, so if you own a dealership or if you don’t own a dealership but want to help with this, please contact Evelyn Mazzeo at: emazz70@aol.com .Other ideas were a youth car wash at Washington Valley Fire House (or other location). and a Comedy show at a location in town but so far there is no contact person.

If you have any questions or comments,  contact Karen Manner at: curveball@aol.com or 732-208-3760. If you are associated with a local publication willing to offer free advertising, contact: gwisler@optonline.net

"Finally, thank you to the community for coming together to help. Sadly, Quaid is not the first young person in our community to be tragically injured and he will unfortunately not be the last. The power of social media and the WTCF has raised awareness of this situation and will continue to be a vehicle for promoting good will and the spirit of community!", Carrie Isler

"To everyone who is helping, thank you. We are blessed," Cindy Mobus added.

 

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