Friends Gather to Raise Cash for Hit-and-Run Victim's Family
West Orange business owner honored at 4Sixty6
Friends and family of Seth Goodwin gathered Sunday at 4Sixty6 in West Orange to help raise cash for his immediate family after Goodwin was killed in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident in mid-October.
Goodwin's West Orange-based auto repair shop, the Dealer Alternative on Franklin Street, had served as the sole income source for his family before his death. It has since been forced to close.
Family-friend and owner of 4Sixty6, Ralph Cestone, took the initiative to host the fundraising effort for the family.
Patrons paid a $10 donation at the door that, combined with proceeds of a 50/50 raffle, will benefit Goodwin's wife and four-year-old daughter.
Ron Armenti, a friend of Goodwin, said Sunday's event was "to ease the burden of the medical and insurance expenses on (the) family."
Seth's father, Elliott, said his son had a lot of friends and, benefits such as Sunday's four-hour event, help the family with unpaid bills.
"Seth was always bringing people together when he was alive," said friend Steve Tucker. "Even now that he's gone, he is still bringing us together."
To donate to the Goodwin family, checks can be made out to the "Seth Goodwin Fund." They must reference account number 4245527100 in the memo and be mailed to TD Bank, 334 State Route 31, Flemington, N.J. 08822.