Friends are coming together for a night of music and dance in support of Alexa Limato who was seriously injured in a Sept. 20 house fire on Couch Street. The event will be held Sept. 26 at the Green Room from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The event titled “Help Alexa Heal” will raise funds going directly to Limato and her family.
With a large amount of students willing to help and donate time, The Green Room is providing a place to show their support for the young woman. Chris Dumont, owner of the Green Room, said he wanted to hold the event to show support for Limato. Dumont has a personal connection to Limato as her boyfriend, Brian Carroll, is a bouncer at the Green Room.
“My heart was broken when I saw Alexa that night,” Dumont said. “Brian is like a little brother to me. There is no way I could stand by and do nothing; I wish I could do more.”
Dumont said he is volunteering the space, five disc jockey’s will be volunteering their time, friends of Limato’s will decorate the venue in her favorite color, purple, and they will set up a table where people can make donations to Limato’s family.
“The money raised will be used however her family wants to use it,” Dumont said. “Medical expenses, travel, food, lodgings wherever it is needed.”
Caroll wrote in an email that the outpouring of support from Limato’s friends has been a comfort to his girlfriend’s family.
“Her mother broke down in tears when I told her the place where I work wanted to do a fundraiser,” Caroll wrote. “She’s amazed by the sense of camaraderie and sense of community concern for her daughter.”
The five DJ’s who will be present will include Skippy, XXX and Fancy Music. In addition, Dumont said there will be two special guest DJ’s announced that night.
Attendance is limited to people who are at least 21-years-old.
The event theme will illustrate Limato’s free spirit and playful nature.
“The main thing we are going to do is make beaded bracelets, anyone who knows Alexa knows shes wears at least 10 a day,” said Limato’s friend and one of the event organizers, Laura Colon.
Colon said she and Limato went to high school together. Colon said the Highland Mills girl is currently earning her degree at Plattsburgh State University in psychology.
“She’s always been very dedicated to everything she does,” Colon said. “She’s a very free spirit and fun girl, she loves to hula hoop and is always bringing that downtown.”
Limato is being treated at a hospital burn unit in Syracuse. Limato was one of 11 who were displaced due to the fire. Colon said at this time the family doesn’t wish to make a comment on Limato’s condition.
“We would love for everyone to come out and support Alexa in her time of need, and if you can’t go you can still show support for Alexa by sending her family a check,” Colon said. “We’d love to see a large crowd or students, community members, friends, everybody can be there and celebrate Alexa.”
To make a donation go to the Green Room or visit http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-alexa-heal/90054. People are asked to make checks payable to Susan Limato.