Columbus diners, 'grub' to raise money for restaurant owner reco - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Columbus diners, 'grub' to raise money for restaurant owner recovering from severe injury

The culinary community is doing its part to help Mark Jones and his family on their long road to recovery. (Source: WTVM) The culinary community is doing its part to help Mark Jones and his family on their long road to recovery. (Source: WTVM)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

An annual fundraiser hosted by restaurant owners to help local charities is now rallying around one of their own as he recovers from a life-threatening injury.

Tuesday afternoon, his name, a sign, and a hashtag - #InItForJones - was already posted on windows and walls of most Uptown Columbus restaurants as the culinary community does its part to help Mark Jones and his family on their long road to recovery.

Stephanie Woodham, Jones' friend and business partner, said even his competitors reached out to her when they found out the restaurant tycoon was severely injured in a car accident May 20.

The impact, Woodham said, left Jones quadriplegic and on a path to rehabilitation in Atlanta.

"Mark is used to going at a very fast pace, opening restaurants, 'concepting,'" she said. "This is not a fast-paced situation for him. It is very tiny, little baby steps. I do believe that he is making progress."

In years past, Jones and Woodham would partner for the "Grubbin' to Give" campaign, donating all proceeds from one of the restaurants to a worthy nonprofit organization.

Now, Woodham and Jones' rival restaurants are taking it upon themselves to rally food lovers and long-time customers to order their favorite meals, so that Jones and his family can receive all of the money raised to cover his massive medical costs.

Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights reserved. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Branson mourns for 17 killed in sinking of packed duck boat

    Branson mourns for 17 killed in sinking of packed duck boat

    Friday, July 20 2018 7:26 AM EDT2018-07-20 11:26:30 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 10:12 PM EDT2018-07-21 02:12:29 GMT
    (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP). Emergency responders work at Table Rock Lake after a deadly boat accident in Branson, Mo., Thursday, July 19, 2018. A sheriff in Missouri said a tourist boat has apparently capsized on the lake, leavin...(Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP). Emergency responders work at Table Rock Lake after a deadly boat accident in Branson, Mo., Thursday, July 19, 2018. A sheriff in Missouri said a tourist boat has apparently capsized on the lake, leavin...
    Dive teams will resume searching for five people still missing after a tourist boat capsized and sank in a southwestern Missouri lake.More >>
    Dive teams will resume searching for five people still missing after a tourist boat capsized and sank in a southwestern Missouri lake.More >>
  • SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    Friday, July 20 2018 1:53 PM EDT2018-07-20 17:53:18 GMT
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    More >>

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    More >>
  • Family: 2 victims killed in Branson duck boat accident from Osceola

    Family: 2 victims killed in Branson duck boat accident from Osceola

    Thursday, July 19 2018 9:19 PM EDT2018-07-20 01:19:53 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 9:25 PM EDT2018-07-21 01:25:56 GMT
    An accident involving an amphibious boat was reported Thursday night at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. (Source: KY3 via Mandi Rogers)An accident involving an amphibious boat was reported Thursday night at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. (Source: KY3 via Mandi Rogers)
    An accident involving an amphibious boat was reported Thursday night at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. (Source: KY3 via Mandi Rogers)An accident involving an amphibious boat was reported Thursday night at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. (Source: KY3 via Mandi Rogers)

    Authorities say divers found six bodies Friday morning, bringing the death toll to 17, according to St. Louis television station KMOV.

    More >>

    Authorities say divers found six bodies Friday morning, bringing the death toll to 17, according to St. Louis television station KMOV.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly