Red wristbands are being sold to raise money for Tamara Watkins, the when her SUV was struck by an alleged drunk driver nearly four weeks ago.
Over the last two days they’ve sold more than 400 at , which Watkins’ two sons attend, and that they hope to sell more at the Plainfield Hockey Club game being played Saturday at Canlan Ice Sports in Romeoville, co-organizer Patty Meyer said.
The $2 silicone bracelets – engraved with “Tomorrow for Tamara” – are also being sold at , 13717 S. U.S. 30, and will continue to be sold at PNHS by the Interact and French clubs.
Meyer said the money raised will help the family as Watkins, 40, recovers from serious head injuries and undergoes therapy. She’s currently at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and may be moved home to continue her treatment sometime this month, Meyer said.
The bands are also a symbolic sign of moral support for Watkins’ sons, Shaw and Nigel, she said.
The red color was chosen, in part, because it represents both the school color of Plainfield North and the flag of Watkins’ native Canada.
occurred at about 7:30 a.m. Jan. 15 as she was driving with her 17-year-old son and his 17-year-old girlfriend on 127th Street. Police say Amber Glasgow was intoxicated when she went through a red light and slammed into Watkins’ SUV in the intersection at U.S. 30. (The two teens sustained minor injuries.)
with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. She was also charged with fleeing/eluding a peace officer, improper lane usage and speeding by the Aurora Police Department, before she drove out of their jurisdiction and into Plainfield.
Meyer said she’s been moved by the support the campaign has received thus far. One student told her, “Drunk driving is close to my heart,” because his aunt and a friend were both killed in accidents caused by intoxicated motorists.
When she asked to sell the wristbands at the Saturday Senior Night hockey game, the Plainfield High School Hockey Association not only gave her permission but contact the opposing team, the Kankakee Irish High School Hockey Club, as well, Meyer said. Both of Watkins’ sons play in hockey leagues.
Kankakee team members, who raised $250 from raffles held at their own senior night, decided they would donate the money to Watkins’ fund, she said. The check will be presented at the 5:20 p.m. game.
Players on both teams are also expected wrap attach TW stickers to their hockey sticks in honor of Watkins. The stickers also feature the Sabre hockey logo for the team on which Nigel Watkins plays.