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Benefit is planned for cook beaten in W-B

October 29. 2013 11:38PM

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WILKES-BARRE — A benefit is being planned for Anthony Gipson, a cook at a popular Wilkes-Barre bar who was brutally beaten while walking home from work on Oct. 19.

The fundraiser is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Bart & Urby’s Downtown Bar & Bistro, 119 S. Main St., where Gipson works as a cook.

Bartender Erin Kosisky said there will be live music throughout the day, guest chefs preparing food and drink specials all day long as well as basket raffles and door prizes. A $10 donation will be taken at the door.

“All proceeds will go to help with Anthony’s medical bills,” Kosisky said.

Kosisky said Gipson is “doing a lot better” since the early Saturday morning assault. “A lot of the swelling has gone down, but he still has a long recovery road.”

Gipson was viciously assaulted during what police are calling a fight near Joe K’s Brewhouse, about a block from Bart & Urby’s along South Main Street, when he was heading home from work around 2 a.m.

City police last week made a post to their Facebook page requesting information about the fight.

Police believe that bystanders may have been on the scene taking video with their cellphones and they ask that anyone with information or video footage call 570-208-4201 and share it with Detective David Sobocinski.

Kosisky said Gene Burke and DJ Penpal are lined up for the benefit so far, and others are expected. Organizers sent out letters on Tuesday asking businesses for donations of gift cards, raffle baskets and monetary donations.

Anyone interested in contributing to the benefit should call Bart & Urby’s at 570-970-9570.

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