Jay Henrichs Fundraiser

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$10,012
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$3,071
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Jacey “Jay” Henrichs of Moorhead suffered a heart attack on April 17th and was swiftly admitted to the ICU. On April 20th he had quadruple bypass surgery and returned to ICU where he remained until April 24th. Jay is a small business owner with no health insurance and on strict sternal precautions, unable to return to work until mid-June.  Additional follow up appointments and rehab are necessary.  Medical bills exceed $120K.

His family and friends are planning this fundraiser to help alleviate the financial stress that has arisen from this unexpected circumstance for Jay, his wife, and one child who still lives at home.  All donations made to his online fundraiser will be boosted 20% by Lend A Hand Up. For more information on how to get involved, please email Brianna at [email protected]

  • a:3:{s:4:"date";s:10:"05/27/2022";s:5:"title";s:15:"An Introduction";s:7:"details";s:5166:"Happy Friday, Friends. I first want to say thank you. Thank you for visiting our fundraiser page for our beloved husband, father, son, brother, friend. Jay means so much to so many people. We're so thankful that you've taken the time to read about him and his journey. My name is Brianna, and I am the daughter to Jay. I want to take the time to introduce myself and tell you about the man that we’re raising funds for. I also want to tell you about some of the fun things we have in store for the big day on June 11th! My name is Brianna Henrichs-Arnold. I am the daughter of Jay and Chelle Henrichs. I work full time at my dad’s small business. I used to run our Moorhead location and take care of catering. Since dad’s medical leave, I’m now running the Fargo location and taking care of all the behind-the-scenes things associated with running a small business. I’m recently married and live in West Fargo with my husband, Chris, and our puppers Bailey, Bella, Maverick, and Ryder. My dad is a Moorhead native. He was born to Jack and Rose (Tvedt) Henrichs and raised in Moorhead, MN until his teen years. His family then moved away and landed in Oklahoma with his grandparents, Tom and Jean Tvedt Sr. It was in Oklahoma where my dad met my mom, Chelle. They married in October 1990 and moved to Florida shortly after as my dad’s job transferred him down there. They lived in Central Florida for over 20 years. While down there they had myself and my younger brother, Devyn. My dad worked in IT, fixing computers. My mom worked for a local non-for-profit organization as a case manager. In 2010 we made a trip up to the Fargo-Moorhead area. When it came time for us to leave, my dad and myself had the gut feeling like we were supposed to be up here. After a couple of years, and several discussions, my parents made the decision to pack up and move to the "tundra". That move happened in the Fall of 2012. Once arriving and settling in, my dad worked at NAU Country in IT and my mom at Noridian. Dad worked for NAU until 2016. After his chapter there he decided to take a year and focus on himself, his family, and see what he wanted to do next. With the encouragement of my mom, he opened his very own barbecue restaurant named Jay's Smokin' BBQ. My dad always talked about opening his own restaurant. We joke that it runs in the blood as my great grandfather, Tom Tvedt Sr, had his own pizza shop back in the 60s through the 80s. In February 2018, the doors to Jay's Smokin' BBQ located in the Moorhead Center Mall opened. In 2021, Jay was able to open a second location in Fargo. My dad is a dedicated, hard worker. He put all his love into his business, working 10+ hours a day. His business is all about family and his love for barbecue. Starting off, my grandparents (Jack and Rose) worked alongside my dad at the original Moorhead location. Eventually, I left my job in insurance and was able to step ‘on the line’ to work full-time alongside my dad. Shortly after that, my mom was able to leave her job to work full-time at our family business. Unfortunately, since dad’s medical leave, my mom has had to step away to help assist with taking care of my dad while he recovers. My dad has always said that it’s “him and I”. That’s what it’s about. Not having him working alongside of me has been a huge adjustment and mental hurdle. To know my dad is to love him. He’s funny, sarcastic, and caring. Not having that next to me every day is tough. It was a huge blow to me when the doctors said he can’t return to work yet. Let alone to my dad who is a work horse and loves running his kitchen and working the line. It’s a lot to process and get adjusted to. Since he’s not able to work we’ve made the decision to close our Moorhead location. We have a valued partnership with the business that our kitchen was located in, and we cannot leave them without an operating kitchen. Life is unpredictable and full of twists and turns. This is one of those moments we never saw coming. But with the love and support of you all, we’re able to continue to push through to another day. That’s a little bit about the great man that we’re supporting with this event. Our friends and family are planning a “Party for a Cause” event on Saturday, June 11th. Our thoughts are we all like to party and have fun. Why not get together to party and do it for a cause! In this case the cause is to raise money for Jay Henrichs. The doors will open at 3:30pm. There will be an online auction through Lend A Hand Up and a small in person silent auction. There are several different items up for grabs. Tons of gift cards, an RC car, even ice cream bars! We will be having a bake sale, t-shirt sales, and a free will donation meal of pulled pork sammiches and hot dogs. The band No Guarantee will be hitting the stage at 7:30pm. The band plays hits from the 60s to the 90s. It’s going to be a great time with so many great people! Thank you all so much for taking the time to read up on dad and our event. We’re grateful for you and all of your love and support. Talk soon friends, Brianna";}

    An Introduction

    05/27/2022

    Happy Friday, Friends.

    I first want to say thank you. Thank you for visiting our fundraiser page for our beloved husband, father, son, brother, friend. Jay means so much to so many people. We’re so thankful that you’ve taken the time to read about him and his journey.

    My name is Brianna, and I am the daughter to Jay. I want to take the time to introduce myself and tell you about the man that we’re raising funds for. I also want to tell you about some of the fun things we have in store for the big day on June 11th!

    My name is Brianna Henrichs-Arnold. I am the daughter of Jay and Chelle Henrichs. I work full time at my dad’s small business. I used to run our Moorhead location and take care of catering. Since dad’s medical leave, I’m now running the Fargo location and taking care of all the behind-the-scenes things associated with running a small business. I’m recently married and live in West Fargo with my husband, Chris, and our puppers Bailey, Bella, Maverick, and Ryder.

    My dad is a Moorhead native. He was born to Jack and Rose (Tvedt) Henrichs and raised in Moorhead, MN until his teen years. His family then moved away and landed in Oklahoma with his grandparents, Tom and Jean Tvedt Sr. It was in Oklahoma where my dad met my mom, Chelle. They married in October 1990 and moved to Florida shortly after as my dad’s job transferred him down there. They lived in Central Florida for over 20 years. While down there they had myself and my younger brother, Devyn. My dad worked in IT, fixing computers. My mom worked for a local non-for-profit organization as a case manager. In 2010 we made a trip up to the Fargo-Moorhead area. When it came time for us to leave, my dad and myself had the gut feeling like we were supposed to be up here. After a couple of years, and several discussions, my parents made the decision to pack up and move to the “tundra”. That move happened in the Fall of 2012. Once arriving and settling in, my dad worked at NAU Country in IT and my mom at Noridian. Dad worked for NAU until 2016. After his chapter there he decided to take a year and focus on himself, his family, and see what he wanted to do next. With the encouragement of my mom, he opened his very own barbecue restaurant named Jay’s Smokin’ BBQ. My dad always talked about opening his own restaurant. We joke that it runs in the blood as my great grandfather, Tom Tvedt Sr, had his own pizza shop back in the 60s through the 80s. In February 2018, the doors to Jay’s Smokin’ BBQ located in the Moorhead Center Mall opened. In 2021, Jay was able to open a second location in Fargo.

    My dad is a dedicated, hard worker. He put all his love into his business, working 10+ hours a day. His business is all about family and his love for barbecue. Starting off, my grandparents (Jack and Rose) worked alongside my dad at the original Moorhead location. Eventually, I left my job in insurance and was able to step ‘on the line’ to work full-time alongside my dad. Shortly after that, my mom was able to leave her job to work full-time at our family business. Unfortunately, since dad’s medical leave, my mom has had to step away to help assist with taking care of my dad while he recovers.

    My dad has always said that it’s “him and I”. That’s what it’s about. Not having him working alongside of me has been a huge adjustment and mental hurdle. To know my dad is to love him. He’s funny, sarcastic, and caring. Not having that next to me every day is tough. It was a huge blow to me when the doctors said he can’t return to work yet. Let alone to my dad who is a work horse and loves running his kitchen and working the line. It’s a lot to process and get adjusted to. Since he’s not able to work we’ve made the decision to close our Moorhead location. We have a valued partnership with the business that our kitchen was located in, and we cannot leave them without an operating kitchen. Life is unpredictable and full of twists and turns. This is one of those moments we never saw coming. But with the love and support of you all, we’re able to continue to push through to another day.

    That’s a little bit about the great man that we’re supporting with this event.

    Our friends and family are planning a “Party for a Cause” event on Saturday, June 11th. Our thoughts are we all like to party and have fun. Why not get together to party and do it for a cause! In this case the cause is to raise money for Jay Henrichs. The doors will open at 3:30pm. There will be an online auction through Lend A Hand Up and a small in person silent auction. There are several different items up for grabs. Tons of gift cards, an RC car, even ice cream bars! We will be having a bake sale, t-shirt sales, and a free will donation meal of pulled pork sammiches and hot dogs. The band No Guarantee will be hitting the stage at 7:30pm. The band plays hits from the 60s to the 90s. It’s going to be a great time with so many great people!

    Thank you all so much for taking the time to read up on dad and our event. We’re grateful for you and all of your love and support.

    Talk soon friends,
    Brianna

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