In Loving Memory of Xander Blayne Hougrand March 20, 1996 - January 16, 2019
One of [chow]’s very own, Xander, passed away unexpectedly on January 16th, 2019. He was the bright light we all needed in our day to day - always dancing & singing (rapping) & cracking jokes, but he was so polite & would do anything for anyone who needed him. He came into work every single day with a positive attitude & a readiness to work. He truly was the sweetest soul.
Anyone that knows us well here at [chow] knows that we are a family. We fight like family, we look out for each other like family, but most importantly, we LOVE like family. Our family is absolutely shattered by this & we ask that you keep all of Xander’s loved ones in your thoughts. In honor of Xander, we have started a trust for his 4 month old niece, Brooklynn, who he was so incredibly proud of, in his name. [chow] will contribute to this fund every year on Xander’s birthday, as well as the day he left us, until she is 18 years old. We want to make sure his love for her, his hard work & huge heart are never ever forgotten.
We are honored to be a part of The Hougrand's extended family, and we are so blessed to be able to watch sweet Brooklynn grow. With the help of Nate & Jessie, we have officially named her fund 'Xander's Angel'. Brooklynn is his angel, and now he will forever be hers!
Our hearts are so warm by the outreach we've received from everyone around us, and many of you have asked how you'd be able to help!
We are selling Xander bracelets here at the restaurant for a $1 donation, and all proceeds will go to Xander's Angel for Baby B. Stop into [chow] or Salon A anytime during normal business hours to get yours!
Additionally, we've set up a fund online for those of you who would like to make a contribution to Baby B in honor of Xander. Click the red button below to visit our campaign page!
For those who would like do make a contribution via cash or check:
Please make checks payable to: Xander's Angel
All contributions can be dropped off or mailed directly to:
[chow] Food and Beverage Co. Attn: Kate Connolly 36 Killingworth Turnpike Clinton, CT 06413
& please be sure to include who you are in any correspondence so we are able to thank you!
We cannot thank you all enough for the love and support we've received through this difficult time. We are all trying to be strong for each other & navigate this new life together. We welcome anyone and everyone who loved Xander into our [chow]Fam and will continue to keep his memory alive as best we can.