Culver’s raises more than $16K for families of Cory Barr, Ryan Welch

Culver’s raises more than $16K for families of Cory Barr, Ryan Welch

Culver’s of Sun Prairie has raised more than $16,000 for the family of Capt. Cory Barr and Ryan Welch.

The restaurant is donating 50 percent of its sales Tuesday to the families for a “Culver’s Cares Share Day” from 10 a.m. to midnight. The restaurant is located at 1501 W. Main St.

#BREAKING: @culvers in Sun Prairie has raised more than $16,000 so far tonight for the Barr/Welch families. They’re open until midnight! #SunPrairieStrong

— Jessica Arp (@news3jessica) July 18, 2018

“We’re proud to call Sun Prairie home and doing our part to help just feels right,” said store owner Duane Sprecher. “We strive to make a difference in the community we share with so many others, and working with Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department allows us to help support individuals and families in our area.”

A GoFundMe campaign for Welch says he and Barr were shutting off gas lines Tuesday night and had just stepped out of The Barr House at 100 W. Main St. when the explosion happened. Barr was killed, Welch was seriously injured.

SPOTTED: Craig Culver (YES the owner of Culver’s!) is assisting in the #SunPrairieStrong efforts today. Half of the sales at the store’s Sun Prairie location are going to the families of Cory Barr and Ryan Welch in the aftermath of the deadly explosion. #news3 @WISCTV_News3 pic.twitter.com/K4onPBipVM

— Josh Spreiter (@JoshSpreiterTV) July 17, 2018

Barr co-owned The Barr House, which was destroyed in the explosion, with his wife, Abby Barr. The Sun Prairie community, firefighters and first responders from across the state gathered Saturday to honor Barr.

The explosion happened around 7:05 p.m. after a subcontractor, VC Tech, was digging in the area for Bear Communications, which was subcontracted by Verizon for fiber network work.

Additional information on the recovery in downtown Sun Prairie can be found here.