About 500 people filled The Hideaway in Odenton — twice its amount of usual customers — all for Tina Frost.
The barbecue restaurant donated all of its profits from open to close Thursday directly to Frost’s family caring for her at the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas.
Her condition is improving, said the family of Frost, the Crofton native shot in the Las Vegas mass shooting Oct 1. The 27-year-old Arundel High School alumnae is in the process of waking up from a coma after doctors removed her right eye and took a section of her skull to remove bullet fragments and allow her brain to heal.
Frost’s hometown family, friends and community continue to rally in her support, with events like Thursday’s fundraiser and a few more in the coming weeks.
“We know she’s going to kill us when she wakes up, but we figure we should be doing all this now,” said Frost’s former classmate Ali Shomper. Shomper and a group of Frost’s friends from their time at Arundel sold out of #TinaTough T-shirts within 30 minutes of arriving at the fundraiser, and have raised about $1,800 for Frost’s GoFundMe since Tuesday.
The GoFundMe, started by family friend Pam Clark, has raised more than $513,500 for Frost and her family in the past 10 days.
“We’ve heard people ask, ‘Well why does she need all that money?’ But there’s a lot of expenses people don’t realize,” Frost’s cousin Randi Moreland said at the event. “She’ll need a lot of long-term help.”
According to family friend and spokesperson Amy Klinger, Frost is still not fully awake but is no longer in a full coma. She can respond to first-order commands, such as being told to kick her legs back and forth, wiggle her toes or squeeze a hand that is holding her own, according to Klinger.
Frost’s mother, Mary Moreland, posted on Facebook that Frost is going through physical therapy sessions, where she wears a soft helmet and is sat up on the side of her bed or in a reclining chair to get a better range of motion. She also posted that Frost has been given a tracheotomy to help her breathe without tubes, and her lungs are assisted by a CPAP machine to help her conserve energy.
Moreland told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Frost will have pieces of the bullet in her brain for the rest of her life.
“Just like we tell Tina when we're cheerleading her to keep breathing — slow and steady wins the race,” Moreland posted. “This is definitely a hilly marathon with many hills to go.”
A medical supply store in Florida plans to donate the skull implants needed to reconstruct Frost’s face and eye areas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Frost’s family was able to connect with the off-duty firefighter who they say helped saved Frost. The unnamed man helped Frost’s boyfriend, Austin Hughes, carry her to a pickup truck, where she and others were driven to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, according to CNN. Klinger said a friend of the man saw the CNN story and put them in touch with the family, but details of their future connection are being kept private.
Frost has also had a couple high-profile visitors. On Tuesday, she was serenaded by Charles Esten, who plays Deacon on the TV show “Nashville.” He played her a few songs and left his autograph, which Moreland posted Frost will be happy to wake up to since she records the show every week. The next day she was visited by astronaut Mike Kelly, husband of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords who was shot in the head in 2011.
Bracelets with #StayFrostie are being sold by another family friend, Rachel McDonald, also toward the GoFundMe. She has already sold out the first shipment of 600. However, orders are are still being taken and the second shipment of bracelets is expected to come in Tuesday.
Frost’s grandmother, Carlene Printy, wants people to know that through the last 10 days Frost has never been alone.
“The family has been completely bombarded,” she said. “We just want people to keep praying.”
How to help
Frost’s GoFundMe can be found at www.gofundme.com/mary-watson-moreland.
#TinaTough T-shirt orders can be placed at www.fuxkgear.com/products/tina-tough.
#StayFrostie bracelets are $2 per bracelet plus shipping, and can be ordered in quantities up to 100. Information to order can be found on the “Tina Tough” Facebook page.
Molloy’s Irish Pub in Gambrills will host Frostie Brews for a Fast Recovery fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday with a 50/50 raffle and all proceeds going toward Frost’s GoFundMe.
Gold’s Gym in Crofton will be holding a Trifecta for Tina Frost fundraiser event on the evening of Oct. 20, offering “body jam,” zumba and yoga, meditation and aroma therapy classes for $20 each to go toward Frost’s GoFundMe. The gym recommends pre-registering for the classes before Oct. 20.
#TinaTough merchandise will also be sold and auctioned at a Tailgate for Tina event in Baltimore before the Ravens vs. Dolphins game on Oct. 26. Tickets and information can be found at www.bmorearoundtown.com.
This month, members of the national Beta Sigma Phi sorority can donate toward the Gamma Tau chapter in Crofton, which Mary Moreland is a member of, to fund meals for Frost’s family in Las Vegas.