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Last Minute Plans: Michael Davis Life Fund Benefit Show

By Jon Graef in News on Aug 11, 2013 4:36PM

Michael Davis, center. Courtesy of Michael Davis Life Fund

Back in June, Good Samaritan Michael Davis was nearly beaten to death after he intervened and broke up a fight between two men at Rogers Park's Poitin Still eatery.

What makes Davis's assault particularly sickening is that the attackers -- allegedly, the very same men between whom Davis broke up the fight -- waited for Davis after the bar closed to attack him. No good deed indeed.

Though Davis' injuries were substantial -- Davis was left with a broken jaw, several missing teeth, and possible brain damage -- the good news is that the Rogers Park community has rallied to Davis's benefit.

The Michael Davis Life Fund has raised $40,000 so far, and tonight's benefit show at Mayne Stage should bring in more. Here are the details:

There will be a silent auction as well as raffle prizes. Local and national touring artists will perform include musicians Obisoulstar, The Fruit Flies and Yvette Renee, National Poet Winner Roger Bonair-Agard, dancers Phoenix Rising Chicago and burlesque artists Boobs Radley and Phaedra Black

Tickets are $25, and all of the proceeds to tonight's show will go to Davis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., cocktail hour is between 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and then the show begins at 7 p.m.

Davis has a considerable road to recovery, as a news release from the Michael Davis Life Fund explains:

The attack happened over a month and half ago and Davis remains hospitalized. He is making some progress. Davis is speaking and going through physical, occupational, and speech therapy on a daily basis. However, he has a very long road ahead and his medical bills continue to mount. Davis who works as a waiter and bartender does not have health insurance.

If you can't make it to tonight's event, please consider an online donation.