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Fundraiser to benefit employees of The Tavern

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A devastating fire not only destroyed a local business, but also put more than a dozen people out of work. Now there is an effort to help employees of The Tavern in Old Louisville.

It has been a week since The Tavern caught on fire and since then the servers and bartenders have been out of work. That's why a local Metro Council member and his wife are organizing a fundraiser to help them make ends meet until they find jobs.

The charred shell of a building at the corner of 4th and Gaulbert in Old Louisville is all that is left of The Tavern.

"It was truly your classic neighborhood tavern," said Dan Borsch, Co-Owner.

The neighborhood tavern burned down a little more than a week ago, and created hard times for owners and employees.

Borsch explained, "When you're living paycheck to paycheck it is tough to make ends meet."

Metro Councilman David James is working to help make the ends meet for employees.

James said, "Once this horrible event occurred, there was such an outpouring from all of the neighbors saying 'what can we do, what can we do to help Dan, what can we do to help the tavern."

James and his wife organized a fundraiser that will benefit the employees. "We just want people to come out and show their love and support for the tavern and bring some money and put it in the tip jar and that's going to go to the employees of the tavern," said James.

James wants you to bring the money and he is bringing some heavy hitting star power. "Councilman James does such good work in the community and you know, everything he does is to help other people so, to me, it was just a no-brainer," said Damien Sandow, WWE Superstar.

Sandow is in town to help raise money for the event. He said, "I'll have my sharpie, I'll take pictures, whatever they need...just throw some money in the tip jar just for the employees of the tavern."

And if the neighborhood does rally for this cause, it won't be the first time.

"After this happened, the neighborhood helped catch the person that was responsible," said Borsch.

Shortly after the fire, Lavance Wilson was arrested and charged with arson. Dan Borsch may be sweeping up the pieces of his dreams today, but he plans to rebuild and for now his focus is on the employees.

"We want to just put a couple of bucks in everyone's pocket so that they can, you know, do what they need to do for their families."

The fundraiser will be held on Friday afternoon from 5 to 7. It will be held in front of The Tavern.

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