Family holds fundraiser after alleged July 4 assault

The Hensley family hosted a fundraiser for their father Sunday after they say he was assaulted on July 4.

Posted: Aug 11, 2019 3:00 PM
Updated: Aug 11, 2019 5:07 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Hensley family hosted a fundraiser for their father Sunday after they say he was assaulted on July 4.

The event began at noon at the Erb Memorial Union on the University of Oregon campus.

Local bands, concessions, and a raffle were at the event to help raise money.

The proceeds go to help medical costs Steve Hensley has accrued after he was allegedly assaulted after the July 4 festival at Day Island Park in Springfield.

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Hensley works in the custodial department at the EMU and says that they have been very understanding of the time-line of his recovery.

Cassie Hensley, Steve's daughter, said the community support is overwhelming.  

"It's great," said Cassie. "I kind of feel like a weirdo because every time I meet somebody I'm like 'thank you so much" and then I'm like "can I hug you?" It feels like this community is wrapping their arms around us and really really supporting us.  It really feels like home."

"I'm sort of a quiet guy," said Steve. "I know I've got people out there who think about me, but to hear of 50... 75... 100 people just so glad that you've made it and that you're getting better is sort of a boost to encourage me to get better faster."

They are also holding a fundraiser at Track Town pizza Monday and her daughter is hosting a car-wash at the Les Schwab in Springfield on August 24.

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