The Milwaukee-based law firm of Hupy and Abraham is reaching out to tornado victims in Washington, Illinois after a string of 15 or more twisters destroyed or damaged hundreds of buildings and left six dead. The firm made a monetary donation to the Salvation Army and bought additional supplies that will be distributed through A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois.

Attorney Vito and Judy Kaenel
Attorney Vito Manicioto with DuKane Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois President Judy Kaenel.

On Sunday, November 17, a series of tornados swept through central Illinois and caused an untold amount of damage. Preliminary assessments on the extent of the damage have just now begun and federal and state officials will soon decide where to go from here.

In the meantime, the Illinois personal injury attorneys of Hupy and Abraham are eager to support in any way possible. On top of the monetary donation to the Salvation Army, the firm has purchased needed items such as food, clothes, first-aid items, school supplies and toiletries to help the victims get back on their feet.

Electricity has not yet been fully restored, but some of the local students in Washington, Illinois have headed back to school to be reunited with their classmates. With all of the damage that has occurred, wireless communication has been sketchy and many people have not been able to get in touch with their family and friends.

Judy Kaenel, President of the DuKane Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, had this to say regarding Hupy and Abraham’s generosity:

“Thank you and your firm so much for your willingness to help out the tornado victims in our area.  It's the generosity of the human nature that is important to take care of our fellow brothers and sisters in the wind!!

“There were many fellow riders, abate and non-A.B.A.T.E. motorcyclists, affected by these disasters.  A hand up is what these people need.  Below is info on collection sites that will occur this Saturday in St. Charles and Geneva before 2 p.m. which is the focus leave time.  My member Jim Scott and several other DuKane members are spearheading this collection.

"Items needed include water, first-aid items, personal safety gear, cleaning items, children and baby items, pet needs, flashlights, batteries, empty gas cans and gas cards, clothing, hats, coats, gloves, blankets, non-perishable food, housewares and toiletries as well as plastic totes for transport of new items as well as to aid in the removal and storage of their personal items.“

Drop-off locations are as follows:

Alley 64 – 212 West Main Street, St. Charles, IL

BoxCar Restaurant – 500 South 3rd Street #141, Geneva, IL

The Dam Bar and Grill – 65 North River Lane, Geneva, IL

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