ROSCOE VILLAGE — Before taking to the football field, Drew Williams would rally his teammates with a shout of "Let's eat!"
A trio of fundraisers to benefit the Lane Tech senior, who's been in a coma since suffering severe head trauma on Oct. 4, are encouraging supporters to do just that — eat for Drew.
On Saturday, the 63rd annual Southport Avenue Pubcrawl will benefit the Drew Williams Recovery Fund. For $20 participants get a bracelet for food and drink specials at eight bars, as well as a "pizza gorge-a-thon at D'Agostino's." It kicks off at 1 p.m. at Schuba's, and continues to a new bar every hour.
The schedule includes, in chronological order: Southport Lanes, Justin's, Newport Bar & Grill, Mystic Celt, Lange's, D'Agostino's and Toon's.
On Nov. 13, Chipotle Mexican Grill's Roscoe Village location, 3312 N. Western Ave., will donate to the Williams family half of the proceeds from sales tallied from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Patrons who want their meal to count toward Williams' recovery fund need to present a special flier at the time of purchase. The flier can be obtained by emailing DMWRecovery@gmail.com. Supporters also will be handing out fliers at Chipotle the day of the event.
On Nov. 17, a second fundraiser will be held at the Melting Pot, from 1-4 p.m. at 609 N. Dearborn St. Guests will be offered a $20-per-person special that will include soft drinks along with cheese and chocolate fondue. Those who plan to attend should RSVP to the Melting Pot at 312-573-0011.
A fund set up to help the Williams family cope with expenses related to Drew's recovery has topped $50,000 in donations.
Williams, 17, collapsed on the sideline during an Oct. 4 game between Lane Tech and Dunbar Vocational Career Academy at Gately Stadium in Pullman. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he remained until being transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
The Williams family has not provided an update on Drew's condition since informing supporters last week that the teen had been rushed to Children's Memorial Hospital's intensive care unit with an infection.