Local Culver's raises over 20k for Sun Prairie firefighters

Published: Jul. 17, 2018 at 7:40 PM CDT
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Tuesday, July 17th marked one week since the Sun Prairie explosion that killed firefighter Captain Cory Barr.

The Culver's in Sun Prairie donated 50 percent of Tuesday's sales to the Barr and Welch families, and some special people came out to show their support.

Captain Cory Barr's widow Abby was there along with recovering firefighter Ryan Welch, joining hundreds of others after the community was rocked by last week's explosion downtown. Barr expressed her gratitude to all who showed up.

"It’s a great support. There’s been a huge turnout, a lot of people here. I had a lot of people come up and say things to Ryan and myself and to the fire team that is here showing their support for our families and the fire families, which has been amazing, and we couldn’t appreciate it more," Barr said.

Duane Sprecher, owner of the Sun Prairie Culver's, said the store has been over capacity for most of the day, with people waiting in line to get into the parking lot.

"We decided what a perfect way to help the community out, to help get the awareness out, and just give back to the community," he said.

Barr said this tragedy brought out the best in her community. "All I can say is, wow. I mean, this community is just amazing. It’s just come together in a time of need, and you know, I have seen a lot of things that you don’t see anymore. I hear a lot more 'I love yous' from people that you wouldn’t expect it from," she said.

Craig Culver himself was there to help deliver food. Culver's will donate 50 percent of proceeds to the families until midnight on Tuesday. Seventeen employees from other Culver's locations near the area assisted during Share Day.

The final donation amounts from the Share Day raised $17,854.50 from sales and $2,585.95 was raised from "spare change" collection jars. The overall donation total from the Sun Prairie location was $20,440.45, according to owner Duane Sprecher.

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