Neil Welch fundraiser

Neil Welch - Courtesy of Diane Welch

A fundraiser for Neil “Apple” Welch will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Portuguese-American Club from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Neil is recovering from injuries he received in a car accident on Nov. 24, 2014. According to a letter to the Times, he continues to have medical issues, appointments in Boston and on-Island, and at present is facing more surgery, with rehab to follow.

The P.A. Club event will feature a lasagna dinner, silent auction, and raffle. Admission at the door is $15 for adults and $7 for children. If you are unable to attend and would like to donate, contributions for Neil Welch may be mailed directly to YGAF, Inc., c/o Neil Welch, P.O. Box 1317, West Tisbury, MA 02575. Checks should be made out to “YGAF.”

Donations are managed by Youʼve Got A Friend, Inc. (YGAF), a local 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization established 15 years ago. The mission of YGAF includes aiding Islanders suffering from a catastrophic illness or event, and the group has administered over a million dollars in donations for Islanders. Its board members are unpaid volunteers, and the law office of George B. Brush administers YGAF at no cost while providing pro bono legal counsel. As a result, YGAF can apply donations to YGAF beneficiaries, or chosen causes, without deduction for administrative or professional costs.