Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding gets big donation

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A fund supporting long-term healing efforts following the Safeway shootings got a huge boost Saturday when a well-known Tucson businessman signed a big check.

It might take a year before Ron Barber can walk again, but the staffer for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords continues to use his second chance at life to bolster the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding.

"Our family has created it out of conversations we had in the Intensive Care Unit," said Barber.

Saturday, Barber was invited to Jim Click Ford where the dealership's namesake made a large donation.

"We're going to present Ron today with a check for $50,000," said Tucson businessman Jim Click during a press conference Saturday.

The car lot king is a long-time friend of Barber's, who says giving back is something he learned from his father.

"He was a small dealer in Oklahoma and I saw what my dad did for people less fortunate," said Click.

The civility fund will support the long-term emotional care for victims, enhance awareness of mental health issues, and start up an anti-bullying program in local schools.

"We need to have some positive come out of the negative and that's what's happening right now," said Barber.

Click's contribution is a great place to start, but civility fund supporters are looking forward to Thursday's benefit concert at the Tucson arena.

"We reached out to Jackson Browne initially and in turn he reached out to Alice Cooper and then the whole bill started filling up," said Barber.

Barber says thanks to the community, the fund will grow to make a substantial difference in many lives.