Thousands of dollars raised to help paralyzed UK fan

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - UPDATE: $5,000 was raised Saturday to help pay for mounting hospital bills for the Gregory family.
UK fans have found a way to help out one of their own. Dickie Gregory fell from the stands inside Rupp Arena during a November home game. He is paralyzed from the fall and his hospital bills continue to mount.

The event benefiting Dickie Gregory will be held at BlueFire Bar & Grill inside the Hyatt downtown from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday - prime time for people to stop by and help a fellow UK fan.

"By one o' clock in the afternoon we're anticipating the lobby and the BlueFire Grill are gonna be very busy," explained Hyatt Director of Operations Jeff Westin. He doesn't know Dickie Gregory, but wanted to reach out and help when he heard his story.

Gregory and his wife were inside Rupp Arena taking their seats at a November game when Gregory fell. His wife says she lost her balance, and her 73-year-old husband fell trying to help her.

"He's obviously a UK fan and a lot of our business before games is UK fans, and so we thought it'd be a great chance to take advantage of that and help him out a little bit," said Westin.

The Hyatt is teaming up with distributor Maker's Mark to host a silent auction. All proceeds go to Gregory's family to help pay medical expenses.

"We hope people are going to be generous and bid high on the silent auction items and so that it all benefits the right person."

Event organizers hope to raise $5,000.

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