On Monday, June 16, Smiley Pete Publishing, the parent company of this magazine, hosted a fundraiser in our offices to help raise funds and show love for local restaurateur Mamadou ‘Sav’ Savanè, who was badly burned last week in an accident at his S. Limestone restaurant Sav’s Grill.
Savanè, who is home recovering from a skin graft operation, greeted those in attendance Monday night via FaceTime.
In a true showing of community solidarity, dozens of local businesses stepped up to donate food, beverages and auction items to the event, which had an estimated 1,000-1,500 attendees, and more than $10,000 was raised. These funds are coupled with more than $60,000 that had already been donated by community members and friends of Sav’s via the online fundraiser that was set up last week: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/tfv4/feast-of-love-4-sav.
An online silent auction featuring dozens of donated items, including art pieces and gift certificates to local restaurants and other businesses, will remain live until next week. Click here to visit the auction and to view or bid on items at the website handbid.com.
Word of Savanè story has reached national news media with coverage by the Associated Press and an article on the Today Show’s website. His restaurants, Sav’s Grill & West African Cuisine and Sav’s Chill, located on opposite corners of Limestone and Maxwell have remained open since the incident.