Restaurant to hold fundraiser for Paris attack victims

Restaurant to hold fundraiser for Paris attack victims

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A local chef wanting to do more for his country steps up to donate a portion of his revenues to the victims of the Paris attacks.

The images seen Friday into Saturday from France touched Julien Gremaud like never before.

Gremaud born in the south of France now lives in West Palm Beach but has family in Paris.

"I have family in Paris and I've been to Paris many times and just seeing innocent people being attacked is just very difficult to watch," Gremaud said.

More than 4,500 miles away, Gremaud sprang into action.

As the owner of the Avocado Grill in downtown, he set up a fundraiser Sunday. Five percent of his proceeds benefited the French Red Cross and the victims of the attacks.

"We're not asking people to donate money, but I've been getting text messages and phone calls all morning saying we want to donate."

Those same people turned out Sunday morning to show their support, many of them thanking Gremaud for uniting the community.

"I think it's wonderful and we need to stick together and do what we can to help the people of France," Claire Gold said.

Gold, originally from London, said the attacks are a stark reminder that terrorism isn't an American issue, it's a global issue.

The Red Cross says on the night of the attacks they deployed more than 340 volunteers. The teams helped at the sites of the attacks, at psychosocial support centers and at call centers established by the Foreign Ministry.

Avocado Grill is located at 125 Datura St. They are open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch and 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dinner.

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