Supporting the Gunter Family and Ribs BBQ Staff

Campaign Created by: Crystal Franco

The funds from this campaign will be received by Veronica Gunter.

Goal: USD $100,000
Raised: USD $ 146,795

This fundraiser has been created with the blessing of the Gunter family.  Please scroll through the pictures in loving memory of Chad and Brad Gunter and the people who love them. 

The East Mountain community has suffered a tremendous loss due to an unthinkable, tragic accident. But even more than that, a family is suffering. We lost not only cherished community members, business owners and friends, but a husband, a father, brothers, sons, uncles. Those who know the Gunter family and their extended family know what truly amazing people they are. 

This fundraiser is for Veronica, her two boys and also, for the Ribs staff who they treat like family. So many good people have reached out and want to know what they can do to help; this will help.  

Other than my time in the military, I’ve never seen a “business” who cares more about their people or who builds more lifelong friendships than the owners of Ribs. This entire community is heartbroken and the loss the Chad and Brad weighs heavy on all of our hearts. 

Ribs will be closed until further notice as the family focuses on healing and moving forward in this new reality one day at a time. Less than 24-hours after losing two loved ones, the remaining owners were concerned about how their staff was coping. They asked about how the kids they employ are doing. Even while their hearts and worlds are completely shattered, they are still concerned about their extended Ribs family.

I know in my heart that every, single, Ribs employee will be ready to step up and help this family re-open the business but in the meantime, their employees are also heartbroken, healing, and will also need some assistance in making ends meet.  

My husband and I frequent Ribs at least once a week. Both of our children have worked there and have become part of the Ribs family; they love the Gunters. Jeff and I will still be supporting Veronica, her boys and the Ribs staff we have grown to know and love. We will support them through this fundraiser until the family is mentally, emotionally and physically able to reopen their doors.  

Please help them in the healing process by showing Veronica, her boys and their extended families our love and support. Show them we are still and always will be patrons, friends, extended family. Leave a prayer, pay the tab, leave a generous tip. Let’s rally. 

God bless and keep the Gunters and God bless you for your outpouring of love and support. Thank you.  


Peace and Love
November 29, 2023
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Hello all,

If you attended the service for Chad and Brad yesterday, then you witnessed firsthand the power of love and support in this community. Those men were truly loved, and we are all blessed to have known them during their time here with us.  

The family was absolutely beside themselves with the outpouring of love and support, and this sheer number of people in attendance. It was a beautiful service for two beautiful souls. 

Veronica, Asa and Austin have continued to pay their staff during the closure. The staff is getting ready to go in and do a heavy clean in preparation of reopening, which will be announced soon.  Until that date, this campaign will remain open to ensure the families have everything they need.

God bless you all and thank you again for your continued love and support.


What an amazing community we have....
November 17, 2023
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I just need to let you know that your heartfelt prayers and donations have just blown the families away.  I am in contact with them daily and they are just absolutely beside themselves with gratitude; they feel the love and hope of this community wrapped around them.  Ya'll are just the best. I don't know what else to say. 

We have far exceeded our goal, but that doesn't mean we have to stop showing our love and support.  I am not moving the goal, but am leaving this fundraiser active until I know it's truly no longer necessary.  

Thanks in large part to your generosity, Veronica will not have to stress about finances. She and her boys are so strong, but taking financial burden off of her allows her to be even more present for their healing and her own.  It will help them overcome and begin to rebuild their lives.  The employees are being taken care of.  They are standing by this family and will be there for them when it's time to reopen and move forward. It will take a long time, lots of understanding, patience and grace from all of us.  Thank you again for the continued love and support. 


Thank you!!!
November 14, 2023
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The East Mountain community never ceases to amaze me.  Thank you so much for your outpouring of love and support to the Gunter Family and Ribs Families. We are a little over halfway to our goal in just 24-hours; absolutely incredible. 

The families met with the Ribs employees today; a huge step in the healing process for the Ribs family and staff. As we knew they would, the owners, while grieving this tremendous loss, embraced their employees and took time to be with them today to mourn, remember and heal.  I know the family is beyond grateful of your generosity, prayers, and heartfelt words of encouragement.

Please continue to share this site and pray for the families.  The loss of Chad and Brad has left a gigantic hole in our community and in our hearts, but we will continue to lift this family up and share our stories and fond memories of them.  Over time we will heal, together. 

So proud and humbled to be part of such an amazing community.  Thank you for being there, loving this family and also for giving them the support and time to grieve.  God bless you all.

Crystal Franco 


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