Fundraiser set for Stonington High grad injured in accident

Stonington - A fundraiser will be held Saturday night at the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society in the borough for a 22-year-old local man badly injured in an April car accident in Florida.

On April 16, Jonathan Salovitz was with his family on vacation at Universal Studios in Florida when he met up with a friend, according to his aunt, Ellie Dunn. She said Salovitz, a Stonington High graduate who was working at the Daniel Packer Inne in Mystic, was ejected from the car he was riding in and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Salovitz had been at the Orlando Regional Medical Center until this week, when he was transferred to a Florida rehabilitation facility. His parents, Linda and David Salovitz, have been staying in Florida with him.

The pasta and meatball dinner and raffle will be held from 4 to 8 p.m.

Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling Dunn at (860) 599-0554.

"Everyone has been wonderful. Everything from the silverware to the food has been donated, so it can all go to him and his family," said Dunn, who hopes 500 people will attend.

Salovitz's family has been posting updates about his condition on the Caring Bridge website. Dunn said the family has also started a Facebook prayer chain.

"We know that it works," Dunn said. "The doctors have been wonderful but something else is pushing him along."

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