By BRIANNE CURTIS
MT. PLEASANT — Bob Evans employees are organizing a special fundraiser this weekend, Nov. 14-16, to help a former co-worker whose parents are recovering from injuries sustained in a serious auto accident.
Kinsey Cole, the daughter of Frank and Wendy Rallo, is a Mid Michigan Community College student who is working on an internship in her hometown of Cadillac. She was working on her internship, at least, until her parents were seriously injured when an SUV crossed the centerline on Williamsburg Road in Grand Traverse County’s Whitewater Township on the night of Sept. 13. The sheriff’s department said speed and alcohol may have caused the SUV to swerve into oncoming traffic. The driver of the SUV died in the collision.
Meanwhile, Kinsey’s parents were both taken to Munson Medical Center, where they remained for weeks. Wendy Rallo has returned home after being taken off the ventilator and undergoing several facial reconstruction surgeries. She is now able to get around with the help of a wheelchair and a walker.
Kinsey’s father, Frank, remains in the hospital. Frank broke both of his lower legs, his femur, and shattered his right heel. He is currently having a difficult time remembering his family, including his wife. Frank Rallo was recently transported to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids and was placed on a floor that specializes in neurological rehabilitation. Unfortunately, this facility is a considerable distance from Kinsey and her mother. Kinsey put her internship on hold to help her mother, and the family is living off of generous donations from family friends.
While in Mount Pleasant attending Mid Michigan Community College, Kinsey worked at the local Bob Evans, 5652 E. Pickard. She apparently made quite an impression on her co-workers, who have banded together to do what they can to help Kinsey and her family. On Friday, Nov. 14, from 2-10 p.m., all servers will be donating 100 percent of their tips to Kinsey’s GoFundMe account, in an effort to help the family and relieve Kinsey of as much stress as possible. For the rest of the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), there will be a donation table set up where members of the community can come in, enjoy a meal, and donate to Kinsey and her family.
In addition to donating tips on Friday, Bob Evans employees have put together a flyer that if brought in and presented at check-out, will allow 15 percent of the purchase to be donated to the family’s GoFundMe account.
If you can’t make it to the fundraiser, persons can donate directly to the family’s fund at: http://www.gofundme.com/fyv9m8