Fundraisers Helping West Side Market Victims

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Saturday's snowfall didn't keep people from getting out and supporting the West Side Market.

Two businesses in Market Square kicked off fundraisers for vendors at the West Side Market in light of Wednesday's fire.

The fire started at Sebastian’s Meats, destroying that stand and nearby Foster’s Meats. Friday, several produce stands reopened after being given the all-clear from the city. But many other vendors were still away from their jobs Saturday because of the blaze.

Clean-up is scheduled to begin Sunday and could last about 10 days.

Market Garden Brewery and Distillery on West 25th Street and Happy Dog in Gordon Square will give the money they raise to the Market Vendors Association to help make up for the loss. The fundraiser will run through Tuesday.

At Market Garden, $1 from every beer sold will go to MVA. The business even named a lager after the tragedy: the Market Recovery Lager.

At Happy Dog, $1 from each hot dog purchased is going to the cause.

Customers were pretty passionate about the effort, and the snow didn't slow them down Saturday.

"Living in Cleveland, the snow is part of everyday living," said supporter Brad Mixner. "Given the importance of the West Side Market, we thought it was important to drive a little slower, get out and get some great food and give back to our community."

"We had made plans to do it yesterday, so we thought if the weather cooperates, fine," said supporter Sharon Byrnes. "If not, we'll just driver slower until we get there."

For more on the fire, click here.

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