“They are are doing their best under such difficult circumstances, it’s particularly tough at this time of the year.” Charles also spoke of Kallie’s younger sister Lindsey, who was injured in the same accident. “Slowly but surely she is beginning to improve. She is currently getting rehab to help her rehabilitation.” he said.
Another Yonkers resident, Terri Reginella, who has lived in Woodlawn for over thirty years said she was volunteering at the benefit because her daughter Stephanie had been a friend and classmate of Kalie's at St Barnabas High School and she was offering her support in the best way she knew how.
Tara, one of the younger volunteers at Sunday's packed event, said, “It’s something that everybody in this community has helped with in any way they could. There are just so many people here and this highlights the community based teamwork.
“We all wish this tragedy had never happened, but the feedback of support and love for this family really shows what a community is. In that sense it’s amazing to be apart of that sense of community.”
The community of Yonkers gathered in Rory Dolan’s Bar to support and remember Kalie. The event had a sense of good old Irish values about it, putting families first and dealing with a trauma as a community.
The true sense of community was captured as the live auction kicked off with a very animated auctioneer ‘Declan’ who had to come to grips with Sarah Jessica Parkers high heels. He said snapping up such memorabilia was a bargain and he made sure to get the best prices from the punters.
The benefit weekend was held to and to help the family with the medical expenses involved in helping Lindsey's rehabilitation.
The items that drew most attention and interest in the community was a trip to Ireland, which sold for $4,000 and two All-Ireland final tickets which were snapped up for under $1,000.
A bidding war broke out for a limited edition Dublin GAA jersey signed by the current All-Ireland champion team of 2013. The jersey was sold for over $2,000.
The women of Yonkers lined up for a chance to snap up style icon Sarah Jessica Parker's donated heels which included Melissa Black heels, a pair of Chloe sandals and Danielle Michetti loafers.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to ‘The Gill Family Fund’ can do so by clicking on this website www.youcaring.com/kaliegillbenefit or checkscan be made payable and mailed to ‘The Gill Family Fund’, 961 McLean Avenue. Yonkers, New York, 10704.