Do you need help in the wake of the Simeon's tragedy? Do you have something you can supply?

July 2, 2014 by 14850 Magazine Staff

Simeon's staff members and their families, Titus Gallery and Cornell Barbershop staff, building residents, and others were affected by the June 20th crash that damaged the iconic Downtown Ithaca restaurant and took the life of 27-year-old bartender Amanda Bush. Community leaders are working to cover these people's needs.

Last week, Simeon's owners Dean Zervos and Richard Avery reached out to the community with a specific wishlist of items that displaced restaurant staff had an immediate need for. An updated list of needed items is being hosted on the web site of City of Ithaca alderperson Deborah Mohlenhoff.

In addition, a form on Mohlenhoff's web site gives people affected by the tragedy an opportunity to register their needs, and gives people or businesses who can donate goods or services a chance to specify what they can provide. Anyone who'd like to make a donation by credit card or check can visit

The group is also coordinating crisis counseling sessions for those who've been affected by the tragedy that gripped Ithaca. Those who need community services can call 211 Tompkins information and referral line for referrals. Dial 211 from a local phone, or 877-211-8667.

A community benefit event is scheduled for 6-9pm on Tuesday, July 8th, at Stewart Park. Details will follow.

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