Thousands already rasied via GoFundMe account
Two days after a fire gutted Fracaro's Lanes bowling alley, an area woman launched a GoFundMe page to help rebuild it.
And now, less than a week after Alyssa Athas began her fundraising campaign, more than half of her $5,000 goal has been met.
As of Monday, Jan. 9, $2,565 has been raised to aid in the rebuilding effort, which Fracaro's owners Mike and Jason Hansen have said will likely take months.
"Fracaro's was a second home to many people," Athas said in an email. "Good memories were made there with even better people. While it is truly tragic to see what the building has become, it will be amazing to see it after the rebuilding process."
Athas launched the GoFundMe page on Jan. 3, two days after a three-alarm fire tore through Fracaro's, 1430 White Rock Ave., around 9 p.m. New Year's Day. No one was injured in the blaze.
"Insurance will cover a lot of the expenses, but help will be needed with what insurance does not cover," Athas wrote on the fundraising website. "I encourage you all to donate, to help restore this historic landmark."
That plea has apparently been answered in a big way with donations of varying sizes from 30 people in about five days, some of them totaling hundreds of dollars.
Every dollar will likely help because Fracaro's suffered about $250,000 of damage, according to preliminary estimates. That accounts for about half the property's $523,000 assessed value.
"Best of luck to Mike and Jason with the rebuilding effort," wrote donor Crystine Busch. "We will monitor your progress and needs. We will be back when you're ready for us!"
Anyone interested in donating can find the fundraising page at www.gofundme.com/fracaros-damage-repair.
The Hansens said they would provide updates on the rebuilding process as it occurs. Last week, an insurance assessor visited the bowling alley, and customers were invited to pick up their bowling equipment.
The 16-lane bowling alley has been family-owned and -operated since 1933, according to the Fracaro's website.
The business first opened as a corner bar and, by 1940, had transformed into a bowling alley with eight classic lanes. By 1957, the alley had become so busy and bowling had become such a popular sport that Fracaro brothers Al and Vic teamed up for another renovation and added the eight additional lanes.