Chubby’s Neighborhood Café in Tooele held a fundraiser Monday to collect money for the Haynie family, who was affected by the recent shooting in Grantsville.
Colin Jeffrey “CJ” Haynie, 16, has been charged with killing his mother, three siblings and injuring his father on Jan. 17. He made his first court appearance Monday (see related front-page story).
A candlelight vigil was held on Jan. 20 for the family and friends of the victims. The owner of Chubby’s decided to hold a fundraiser for the surviving members of the family.
Over 20 employees worked throughout Monday at Chubby’s and all profits from the day were donated to the Haynie family.
Joe Moak, Chubby’s owner and manager, said the fundraiser was a success.
“People have been very grateful,” Moak said. “It’s cool — one the reaction and two the response we’ve had. I’ve had people thank me, but it’s not me. It’s everyone who’s shown up who has made this possible.”
Asked why he wanted to do a fundraiser for the family, Moak said, “As the details started unfolding about how good the Haynie family was, I almost donated to the GoFundMe page, but I could only do so much. So we decided to have a fundraiser and donate all of the profits to them.”
An advertisement stating when and where the fundraiser would be held was posted on Facebook prior to the event.
Chubby’s was crowded for lunch on Monday and by 4 p.m. the restaurant had served a crowd of over 300 people for the fundraiser, according to the owner.
“I’m so happy that Tooele has come together to help,” said employee Emily Durrant.
By the end of the night more than 1,500 people had come in and nearly $3,800 was donated to the Haynie family.
“I just want to say how awesome of a community we have,” Moak said. “I don’t know if people take it for granted? I know I have, but the support for this family is amazing. I don’t know if there’s another community that would do this.”