Local Fundraiser This Sunday To Help Children Of Murder Victim Melissa Moore
Who: For the children of murder victim Melissa Moore: J.B and Donivan
What: Fundraiser to fund the “Melissa Moore Memorial Trust” to benefit her boys.
When: November 22, 2015 @ 2 p.m. until?
Where: Coral Gables, 220 Water Street, Saugatuck MI
Why: Melissa was a well-known and much loved server/bartender in the Saugatuck area. We do this fundraiser in her memory to benefit her children.
A fundraising benefit will be held this Sunday (Nov. 22) beginning at 2 p.m. for the children of Melissa Moore, a popular bartender/server well known in the Saugatuck area who was shot and killed on the Northeast side of Grand Rapids the morning of Nov. 6.
Grand Rapids’ police say the 31-year-old Moore was killed near Knapp Street and Truxton Drive NE at around 4:15 a.m.
Authorities have issued an open murder warrant and were still searching for the suspect, 38-year-old Jermaine Cooper. Acquaintances have said Cooper was Moore’s boyfriend.
The owner of Coral Gables, Mike Johnson, said they’re hoping to raise at least $30,000 to go towards a trust fund Moore’s two children.
“She’s just a fantastic mother she cared so much about her boys, that’s all she was really working for,” Johnson said. “She will be sorely missed. There’s nothing we can do about bringing her back, but the one thing we can do is help her boys.”
The benefit is open to the public, it will feature live music, food and drinks.
Moore had been living in Holland and was working at an area restaurant. Moore’s family members said they did not know why Moore was in Grand Rapids the morning of the shooting.
Moore leaves behind two children, ages 11 and 15, the sister said.
“She was so caring…she loved her kids so much,” the sister said. “She lived for her kids.”
Moore’s family say they have no understanding of what might have prompted the violence.
“No clue. No reason. No why,” the sister said. “She was so smart, and funny, and loving — such a good mother, a good sister, just a beautiful person.”
She left behind two wonderful boys and that is what this fundraiser is all about.
Racquel Viilo, who is helping set up the fundraiser, said, “I was asked to give some information about the boys and about the fundraiser…I am not including the last names of the boys (different) because of the circumstances of Melissa’s death.
Melissa was a local server residing in the Holland area and is well known from her working at Coral Gables’ Tiki Bar and The Annex Piano Bar.
She was a favorite bartender amongst patrons and workers and was known for being a strong, hard-working, bright mother of two.
She always greeted you with a smile. She always knew what your favorite drink was and she was always happy to serve.
It is well known amongst friends and patrons alike that she loved her children and family. She also loved to cook and bake share with others.
The “Melissa Moore Memorial Trust” is set up to benefit the two children she left behind.
About her children:
The oldest boy J.B., 15, is the strong silent type. He loves everything sports. He is an excellent football player as well as basketball player and boxer.
He loves to hang out with his friends and can often be found in the weight room. His main sport is football and he hopes to one day receive a scholarship and play college football.
His mother loved to attend his games and very recently proudly showed a video of JB playing football to a group of patrons at the Annex.
Donivan (correct spelling) age 11, is a happy fun loving boy. He is very creative and loves art class.
He is full of energy has been described as a “goofball” and he is also a bit of a prankster.
At the luncheon after his mother’s memorial service Donivan walked from table to table to demonstrate his pen with invisible ink.
He patiently explained that after he squirted it on you it would disappear…If you allowed him to squirt the ink on you (he asked if he could squirt my face)…he definitely will go the extra mile to make sure that your face is first covered with disappearing ink…and then offer you a napkin to get it off. He is a very thoughtful boy.
J.B and Donivan’s aunt, Jennifer Moore, who is currently teaching in Bejing, China, will finish her teaching assignment in six months at which time she will come back to assume guardianship.
This trust is being set up with the intention of helping with the expenses associated with raising two active growing boys.
Donations can be made out to: “Melissa Moore Memorial Trust”.
If you cannot attend the benefit on Nov 22nd, please send checks to:
c/o Theresa Lee
220 Water St.
Saugatuck, MI 49453
We would love to see all of Saugatuck and beyond at the benefit.
There will be live entertainment from the regular musicians that worked with and loved her, including: Rock Shop (classic rock band); Kevin & Racquel Viilo (duet vocals, piano); Don Bidell (guitar/vocals); Greg Poltrock (piano/vocals); Tom Northrup (piano/vocals); as well as a jam session near the close of the event.
There will also be a silent auction. Some of the items donated are sports memorabilia, jewelry from local artisans, gift certificates, boutique items, candy baskets and more.
If you are a business owner, artisan, collector or just happen to have an item, service, trip or experience you would like to donate to our silent auction (to benefit Melissa Moore’s children) please contact Theresa Lee at Coral Gables (269) 857-2162 if your item is in the lakeshore area…or Racquel Viilo (616) 204-6064 if your item is in the Grand Rapids area.
EVERYTHING helps. We encourage you to add your business card to the items.
Thank you all for helping us help these two deserving young boys!