Cleveland Courage Fund for Gina, Michelle, Amanda climbs to $750,000 with more ways to help

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Courage Fund, set up to help kidnapping victims Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and her daughter, has topped $750,000 and the pot keeps growing.

Panini's in Brunswick and Kent donated 100 percent of their Tuesday profits to the fund.

"We felt it was important to give the women something to get their lives started," said George Gox from Panini's.

On June 11, Quaker Steak and Lube will donate 10 percent of proceeds at five locations, including Medina Township, Valley View, Sheffield, Lakewood and Vermilion

Jones Day attorney Jim Wooley has been in contact with all of the women who escaped alleged Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro's house and said the women are extremely thankful for the support.

Chris Kelley, partner in charge of Jones Day, said the women are able to use the funds now while planning for their future.

"Consistent with the wishes of the survivors, the money is going to meet immediate needs," Wooley explained.

"A hundred percent of the funds are making their way to the survivors currently or going into trusts that are going to be set up," Kelly added.

Jones Day is offering free financial guidance for the fund that directly benefits the women and Berry's daughter.

On May 6, the trio of women escaped Castro's house and called 911. Shortly thereafter, Castro was arrested and charged with the crimes. He remains jailed on $8 million bond.


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