Restaurant raises $26,000 for local family after tragedy

JJ’s Grill owner Jody Thornton presents a check to local girl Dayja Clark, who lost her father and brother in an accident this summer.

There are a lot of things to love about Fayetteville, but the way the people here come together to help each other out in a time of need might be the best thing about this community.

That’s exactly what happened at JJ’s Grill on Thursday night.

The restaurant was packed for a check presentation to a local family who suffered an incredible tragedy this summer.

Locals Will Clark and his two children Trey and his daughter Dayja were involved in a car accident that took the lives of Will and Trey back in June. Dayja survived, but Will’s wife Tenekca was obviously devastated by the event.

JJ’s Grill owner Jody Thornton, who’s daughter was a class mate of Trey’s, organized a “Hog-A-Thon” fundraiser to set up a college fund for young Dayja, and offered up a prize of a year’s worth of free meals at his restaurant as a raffle prize.

Last night, Thornton announced that the raffle raised $26,370.

“I am just so proud of the community for coming together to make this donation possible,” Thornton told us this week.

Tanekca and Dayja was on hand for the event, and helped draw the raffle winner.

Local resident Christina Lane win the raffle, and will have two years to use the 365 meals she won at JJ’s.

Kudos to everyone who donated to the cause.