DA Brauchler and family with family members of victims, from left, back row: Rose Martinez, Isaac Martinez, Heather Dearman, Jay Goldstein, a franchisee of WhichWich, DA George Brauchler and Graham Brauchler. Front row: Aubrey Dearman, Jade Jordan Rose Martinez, Geoff Brauchler, Amanda Brauchler and Trey Brauchler. Rose, Isaac, Heather, Aubrey and Jade are the family of Ashley Moser and Veronica Moser-Sullivan.Courtesy photo
BY TOM BARRY
District Attorney George Brauchler, who prosecuted the Aurora theater murder case, is glad to see positive progress toward constructing a 7/20 Reflection Memorial Garden to remember the 12 innocent people killed and 70 others injured on that fateful night of 2012.
The 7/20 Memorial Foundation is working with the City of Aurora to construct a xeriscaping garden adjacent the municipal center. The foundation is actively fundraising to include special amenities, such as park benches and artwork.
“I want to see it happen, sooner than later, as we are heading into the winter,” Brauchler said. “It’s such a unique approach. It’s not a statue. It’s not some big slab of rock with etchings in it that sort of remains constant. It’s this thing that kind of goes through the cycle of life every year.”
On Nov. 21, approximately 3,000 customers ordered sandwiches at WhichWich Superior Sandwiches, raising $5,000 that will go directly toward the memorial. Customers flocked to 15 locations between metro Denver and Fort Collins and four franchise owners donated 15 percent of their orders that day.
“We are all part of the community and the healthier the community is, the better off everyone is, and that includes spiritual,” said Jay Goldstein, a franchisee headquartered in Centennial.
One of WhichWich’s customers at the Arapahoe Road and Parker Road location was a regular customer—Brauchler and his four children, celebrating son Graham’s 6th birthday.
This fundraiser was initiated by one of four jurors who contacted a family friend at the corporate offices of WhichWich in Dallas.
“I’ve never had an experience like this … to have the jurors become so invested and involved after the fact,” Brauchler said. “Rarely do you get a case that affects so much of the community in such a broad way.”
Brauchler called his Director of Communications Michelle Yi a “superstar” for assisting the jurors in getting publicity for their efforts to raise $200,000. Yi worked diligently to coordinate the publicity while protecting the privacy of the four jurors.
For lunch, Brauchler met up with family members of victims Ashley Moser and Veronica Moser-Sullivan.
“I wanted my kids to understand and learn what it was like to be supportive of something that was bigger than the meal itself. It seemed like such an easy gesture to try and support a great cause,” said Brauchler, who ordered the Manly Veggie on wheat filled with vegetables, except olives. “WhichWich saying that it was going to take a cut out of its Saturday profits to give to this community-oriented project is completely selfless. That’s exactly what you want out of a community business.”
The 7/20 Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more information, call 303-739-7280 or visit www.auroragov.org.
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