Community fundraises to help victims of Ohio State Fair

A group at the Brice Road Applebees held a donation event to help victims of the Ohio State Fair accident. (WSYX/WTTE)

The community came together to help victims of the tragedy at the Ohio State Fair.

A small group gathered for a special breakfast at the Applebee's on Brice Road in Reynoldsburg on Saturday morning.

"Anything I can do to help that is what I am trying to do," said Lindsey Roach who works at the Applebee's.

She and other workers waived signs outside the restaurant to encourage the public to come inside.

Proceeds help the Dunlap family. Reggie Dunlap has worked at the restaurant for more than three years. His wife Tamika Dunlap and uncle Russell Franks were injured on the fireball ride at the Ohio State Fair.

"He is a very dedicated, hard worker and I know that this would definitely mean a lot to him and I want to see him and his family do better," said Roach.

We are told medical bills are piling up.

"They both have a long road to recovery and we are doing whatever we can to support the family," said Director of Operations Jeremy Cogar.

While the number inside was small, more people decided to skip the pancakes, and just donate money following the tragedy.

They have raised more than $450 so far.

If you missed out, Cogar said you can still come to the restaurant to make a donation. He has also set up a GoFundMe account ( to help the family with medical bills.

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