(July 12, 2013) Grotto Pizza on 125th Street was decked in purple last Tuesday as Ocean City’s Ravens Nest 23 fans gathered to support a girl injured during the Ravens Ocean City Beach Bash weekend in June.
The group has been raising money to help offset surgery costs for Jalyn Shaw, the 5-year-old who suffered serious head injuries after a hit-and-run. Teaming with its new home base, Grotto’s, the nest has raised $2,200 so far and plans to present the final amount to Jaylyn’s mother, Erin Morgan Shaw, after the July 4 holiday.
“It’s just been an outpouring” of community support, said Carolyn Kuhn, Nest 23’s treasurer, who spearheaded the fundraising. Kuhn was within earshot when a fly-by car struck Jalyn at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and 19th Street.
“We could hear this horrific scream,” Kuhn said. “I was praying.”
Jalyn was rushed by ambulance to a hospital in Salisbury and then flown by medevac across the bay, where doctors fixed titanium plates in her head. She is home now and under orders to rest, but will have several follow-up surgeries to refit the plates as she grows.
Kuhn ignited the fundraiser after hearing the medevac ride alone cost $10,000, though she was happy to hear since that that bill at least is covered by the state.
“I didn’t know them (the Shaws) personally, but I said, ‘We’ve got to help,’” Kuhn said. Local fans and businesses quickly followed suit.
An artist donated a painting to the cause, spurring a silent auction of items donated from about 15 area businesses. Ravens Roost 44 donated $200, and many locals and Grotto’s customers — including a Pittsburgh fan — have given to the fund.
“We’re all Ravens fans here for the little girl,” said Grotto’s General Manager Jason Russell. After Kuhn approached him with the fundraising idea, Russell held a special event at his restaurant, where 20 percent of the sales from around 500 customers June 26 went to Nest 23.
Russell presented the check for $1,000 to nest members last Tuesday.
Other Ravens fans have joined to support Jalyn’s family from Aberdeen. A bus of Baltimore supporters will join local nest members in Ocean City District Court July 25 when 19-year-old Jasmine Denise Shuman, who was driving the car that struck Jalyn, will face charges.
To donate to Nest 23’s fund for Jalyn, send a check payable to Ravens Nest 23, 36839 Herring Way, Selbyville, Del. 19975.