As the Del Ray community mourns the loss of a beloved restaurant employee, friend, neighbor, and mother of four, businesses in Del Ray will host a "Rally for Rose" fundraiser on Tue., Dec. 13. Rose Cruz, 49, passed away on Dec. 4 from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Mt. Vernon Avenue at W. Glebe Road.
During the "Rally for Rose" fundraiser on Tue., Dec. 13 from 5 pm to 9 pm, restaurants on the St. Elmo's block of Mt. Vernon Avenue -- Market2Market, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Holy Cow, and Pork Barrel BBQ -- will offer special menu items for a $20 donation; all proceeds from that menu will go to the fund for Cruz's 10-year-old and 12-year-old daughters.
In addition, our incredible Del Ray businesses have donated over $5,000 in gift cards for a raffle to be held during the event. The Jen Walker team will be selling raffle tickets at Pork Barrel BBQ starting at 12pm today; tickets will also be available during the event. Raffle tickets are 1 for $10; 3 for $25; or an arm's length for $40. Cash, checks, credit cards accepted; 100% of proceeds go to Rose's family.
"She brought so much love to all of us, her family, our staff, our customers, the whole community," said Larry Ponzi, the owner of Market2Market, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, and Cafe Pizzaiolo. "This is what we can do for her now -- raise money for these kids, for her family." Cruz was the deli manager at Market2Market.
"Rose was a positive force in our community, this tragedy leaves a painful wound," said Del Ray Business Association President Bill Blackburn, of Pork Barrel BBQ. "It's time to rally and show support for her family."
For those who want to support the family but cannot make it to the fundraiser, a GoFundMe account has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/family-of-rose-cruz