Bar Stabbing Has Positive Ending

A doorman who was stabbed while working at a bar will donate the money raised to help him to another family in need.

In early April, Russell Verby was stabbed in the leg by a rowdy customer as he left Parliament Pub downtown. He was in the hospital for two days.

"I don't really wish the guy any harm--I hope whatever he was going through he can work through it," said Verby.

His positive attitude is why coworkers immediately planned to help him with medical costs with a fundraiser.

"Not only us as employees but we had a lot of regulars coming in and asking how is he, are you doing to do anything? You know, they wanted to help," said Lindsay Watson, a bartender at Parliament Pub.

When they told Verby about the fundraiser, he found out that his insurance would cover his medical costs, but he said he wanted to help another family in need.

"We found a nice family up in Blair that's going through some issues and so we decided to donate the money to them," said Verby.

The Blair family's medical costs are consistently high because of the mother's rare disease that causes long stays in the hospital.

The fundraiser will be May 1st at Parliament Pub. Other Old Market restaurants and bars will chip in gift certificates, t-shirts, and more for a raffle that night. An Omaha band will also perform for free. The event is free, but a donation is encouraged.

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