DU QUOIN — When tornadoes ripped through Southern Illinois Tuesday evening, Feb. 28, ripples of damage were felt miles from where some of the actual damage was done.
Ashley Schaefer, an assistant manager with St. Nicholas Brewing Co. in Du Quoin, said Chef April Froehle’s home on Marlboro Road, near Ava, was damaged. In fact, her husband’s parents have a large tree on their home.
“There were quite a few homes on Marlboro Road with damage,” Schaefer said.
She said the St. Nicholas family was deeply affected by the plight of one of the brewpub's chefs and decided to do what they could to help.
“We cancelled our Brewer and Chef Dinner,” Schaefer said.
The dinner was originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday.
“We are going to be rescheduling, but we have not talked about when. Since April is a big part of it, we want to give her time to clean up and recover,” Schaefer said.
Organizers are hoping to find a date in the two or three weeks, but details have not been worked out yet.
They are also going to put some muscle behind their concern. Since the brewery is closed on Mondays, they have made March 6 a work day.
“Our St. Nicholas family is going to go out there and help them clean up. A tree fell right on top of her in-laws’ house,” Schaefer said. “We’re going to try to get tree cut up and moved. It’s just a disaster over there.”
Schaefer said volunteers who would like to help should watch the St. Nicholas Brewing Company Facebook page for details. Schaefer said anyone who would like to come and help is welcome.
Also, St. Nicholas Brewing Co. donated $1 for every pint sold through Sunday to the Froehle family.
St. Nicholas is located at 12 S. Oak St. in DuQuoin. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
For more information, call the brewery at 618-790-9212.