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Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point to host fundraiser tonight for local family

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Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point will host a fundraiser to benefit the family of a 34-year-old man who slipped into a coma just before Easter. It is part of the restaurant’s “Give Back Night” and 25 percent of the proceeds will go to the family. The fundraiser will be held from 5 p.m. to closing on Monday, May 19.

The fundraiser benefits the LaClair family of Ladera Ranch, near San Juan Capistrano. Phil LaClair suffered full cardiac arrest after hiding Easter eggs with his wife, Natalie, for their two young boys, 11-month-old Brody and 5-year-old Braden. The father now requires constant medical monitoring, in-home nurses, medical equipment and cardiac rehab/physical therapy—all of which is only partially covered by his insurance.

“Hosting this fundraiser for the LaClair family is the least that we can do,” said restaurant owner Tim McCune, who has long supported local groups and causes. “We’re hoping for a big crowd that night to help ease some of this family’s burden.”

According to his wife Natalie who recalled the fateful day, “He was in cardiac ICU with his future unknown. Within days, with the thoughts and prayers and well wishes of our friends, family and entire community, Phil continued to make incredible progress. He spent a total of 12 days in the hospital, five of them in a medically induced coma.”

Salt Creek Grille is located at 32802 Pacific Coast Highway (on the corner of Crown Valley Parkway). More information or reservations may be obtained by calling 949-661-7799.

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