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Eight Crosses Charity Event


The Van Duzer Foundation Raised $10,181.91 for the 8 Crosses Charity Event!


Eight members of the Independent Haitian Assembly of God church in Fort Pierce died this week as they traveled home from a Palm Sunday revival held on the west side of the State. In addition to those killed in the horrific crash, ten members of the church were injured, some critically. As the sun rose following the crash and in the days that have since passed, residents, churches and businesses of St. Lucie County, joined with many others from across the State with a strong desire to help the families affected by this Holy Week tragedy. Wednesday, April 15th, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Van Duzer Foundation, long known for its assistance for St. Lucie County families suffering from unforeseen tragedy and crisis, will be hosting an event titled “Eight Crosses”, which will be an evening of remembrance and celebration for the lives of the eight individuals who lost their lives.

One hundred percent of all food and beverage sales, tips, and even staff salaries from the evening will be donated to assist the families involved in the crash. St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowery and Pastor Esperant Lexine of the Independent Haitian Assembly of God, will administer all donations received to the families affected based upon an equitable distribution. Also partnering with the Van Duzer Foundation and Big Apple Pizza will be the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Lucie County Fire District, the Fort Pierce Police Department, the Port St. Lucie Police Department, Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson, Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec, members of the St. Lucie County Commission, and a number of other individuals and organizations, all of whom have expressed a strong desire to assist in this time of grief and loss.

In addition to raising much-needed funds for the families in crisis, the Eight Crosses event at Big Apple Pizza on Wednesday, April 15th will provide an opportunity for members of the community to share hugs, support, and companionship with those who are struggling. If you’re interested in volunteering or participating, please contact Scott Van Duzer at the Van Duzer Foundation at 772-528-3467. In the meantime, it is asked that you keep the families of those who passed, along with those injured in your thoughts and prayers.