GLENVIEW, Ill. — Friends and community members plan to gather this weekend for a fundraiser to help support Cooper Roberts, the boy who was left paralyzed following the Highland Park parade shooting.

Cooper, 8, was shot while attending the July 4 parade and had his spinal cord severed as a result of the shooting. Copper underwent surgeries and spent months at a rehab facility. He recently started back at school.

A fundraiser is set for Sunday, October 16 at Whiskey River Bar & Grill in Glenview. It will run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Kathy Karowsky owns Whiskey River and says helping raise some much-needed money is the least they can do for Cooper and his family.

“It’s a tragedy for everybody,” she said. “We’re not just singling out one family but Cooper, he just grabs your heart. I feel like I know him and I just want to hug him. We just want what’s best for him and his family and his twin brother.”

Those looking to attend and show support can reserve tickets online. Admission for ages 10 and older is $20. Children 9 and under are free.

Organizers say it will be a family-friendly event and include a magic show, face painters and music. There will also be raffles.

Organizers say 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Cooper’s family to help with his ongoing medical needs and expenses.

The family also has an ongoing GoFundMe page.