Algonquin Chili's Hosts Fund-Raiser in Memory of Former Employee John Larimer

John Larimer of Crystal Lake was one of the victims killed in the July Aurora, Colo. shootings.

The Algonquin Chili's will host a fund-raiser on Nov. 4 to honor former employee John Larimer who was killed in the Aurora, Colo. shootings in July, according to the event's Facebook page. 

The Nov. 4 fund-raiser at , will start at 3 p.m. and will include a raffle with prizes from Massage Envy Spa, the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks and more, according to the event's Facebook page. 

In addition, from Oct. 4 through Nov. 4, a voucher can be used at any Chili's in Illinois, which will allow for 10 percent of all pre-tax purchases to be donated to Colorado Organization for Victims Assistance — an organization that donates money to help cover healthcare costs for those injured in the Aurora shootings. 

A voucher can be printed off here. You can also receive a voucher by e-mailing AuroraShootingVictimsEvent@gmail.com. 

Larimer was one of 12 people killed during a massacre at the Century 16 Movie Theater. The alleged gunman, James Holmes, 24, dressed in combat gear, kicked in the back door of the theater and began shooting.

In all, 58 people were injured in the attack.

Larimer is credited with saving the life of his girlfriend, Julia Vojtsek of Algonquin, who told media that her boyfriend acted as a "human shield" when the gunshots eruptedand prevented her from being shot. 

Larimer was a 2003 graduate of Crystal Lake South High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 2011, and was assigned to Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Col. in October 2011.

He became a  cryptologic technician — a job the Navy says on its website should be filled by someone with "exceptionally good character, above-average writing and speaking skills, a good memory, curiosity and resourcefulness," according to Legacy.com 

gail christians October 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I will totally support this worthy cause


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