As Loyola High junior defensive back/running back Van Brooks remained in serious condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, the school and its community of parents and boosters announced yesterday a series of fund-raisers to help defray the cost of Brooks' medical bills.
Loyola has established the Van Brooks Recovery Fund, which was conceived by a group of parents. Contributions can be sent by mail to the Van Brooks Recovery Fund, c/o Provident Bank of Maryland, 1954 Greenspring Drive, Suite 400, Timonium, MD 21093.
Donations will also be accepted at every Provident Bank of Maryland branch office.
On Thursday, Oct. 7, The Greene Turtle at 722 S. Broadway in Fells Point will host a benefit event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
There is no cover charge for guests, who must be at least 21 years old to attend, but donations at the door and proceeds from an auction will go to the recovery fund.
For more information, call The Greene Turtle at 410-342-4222.
All proceeds from the school's Fathers' Club Bull Roast will also go to the recovery fund. The Bull Roast will be held Saturday, Oct. 23 in Knott Hall from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. For more information, call Mike Rosenthal at 443-286-7085.
The school is planning to hold an auction on Saturday, Dec. 4 to benefit the recovery fund, but details have not been finalized.
Brooks suffered fractured vertebrae while making a tackle in a victory Saturday at Georgetown Prep in Rockville. Surgery on Saturday relieved pressure on his compressed spinal cord, and Brooks, who was initially in critical condition, was upgraded to serious condition Tuesday.
The school is holding a Mass for Brooks' family and friends today at 6:30 p.m. in the campus chapel. The Mass, however, is for students and their parents only and is not open to the public.