On Wednesday, July 13, at 7:00 p.m. the City of Highland Park will host a vigil at City Hall (1707 St. Johns Ave.) for the community to gather together and honor the memory of the victims.
Highland Park has created a landing page with information about community vigils, donation and volunteering opportunities, crisis counseling and victim resources and more at hpstrong.info.
Following a moment of silence at the July 5th Village Board meeting, Mayor Daniel C. Shapiro addressed the senseless shooting saying, “To Highland Park, our community grieves with you, we support you and we stand by you.” You can read his full remarks here.
Deerfield Police Department Social Workers Katharina Rygiel (847-794-7511) and Izzy Weintraub (847-794-7513) are also available to provide support to anyone affected by Monday's tragic event. Please reach out to them if you need to talk or would like additional resources. You can also call the Lake County Crisis Line 847-377-8088 for mental health resources or support. Crisis Counselors are available 24 hours a day to speak with you by phone. Information and referrals to other Health Department programs are also available. The Deerfield Public Library has gathered resources on how to talk to children about difficult topics. You can find it here.
To help those impacted by Monday's mass shooting, the Highland Park Community Foundation has established a July 4th Highland Park Shooting Response Fund. Here is also a direct link to the donation form. If you prefer, you may send a check, payable to the Highland Park Community Foundation, to P.O. Box 398, Highland Park, IL 60035.
A group of local interfaith clergy are hosting a “Healing and Hope” booth at tomorrow’s Farmers Market with comfort dogs. Members of the community are invited to write their fears, thoughts and prayers on pieces of orange fabric that will be woven together. Local non-profit Gratitude Generation will be hosting a bake sale at the Farmers Market with proceeds to be donated to the Highland Park Community Foundation. They will also be putting up orange ribbons for gun safety around downtown.