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Local Chef Hosts Fundraiser to Benefit Victims of Cambridge Fire

The fundraiser was held at Will Gilson's restaurant Puritan & Company

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    After witnessing the havoc wreaked on the neighborhood, a Massachusetts chef held a fundraiser to benefit victims of the Cambridge fire. Perry Russom reports. (Published Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016)

    After witnessing the havoc wreaked on the neighborhood, a Massachusetts chef held a fundraiser to benefit victims of the Cambridge fire.

    On December 3rd, Will Gilson saw fire trucks whizzing by his restaurant headed to Berkshire Street where one of the city's largest fires was burning.

    "Whatever was happening looked absolutely horrible," said Gilson.

    At that moment, he knew he wanted to help. In total, three buildings were flattened as a result of the massive 10 alarm fire in Cambridge. A dozen more buildings still have fire damage and over 100 people were left without a home.

    Gilson, chef and owner of Puritan & Company, opened his doors to house a fundraiser Sunday night where Cambridge could come together for Cambridge. Gilson involved other local businesses, getting nearby restaurants to donate food and drinks to raise money for those displaced.

    "We were very aware of what was going on," said Liz Vilardi of Blue Room. As soon as Will reached out, we of course said yes. It's sort of a no-brainer."

    The money raised will go to the mayor's fire relief fund where hundreds of thousands of dollars has already been raised.

    "I mean the holidays for me ... is seeing people who rally around a good cause," said Gilson.

    Gilson raised about $8,000 for the dozens and dozens of families working to rebuild. 

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