Pavillion owner recovering from hit-and-run

Website taking donations and fundraisers planned to help pay medical bills for Dan Friessen

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer

Dan Friessen
Dan Friessen

Barbara’s Pavillion owner Dan Friessen is out of the hospital and recovering after being struck by a hit-and-run driver about 6 p.m. on Dec. 9 as he was walking from his car toward the bar, located at 325 Centre St. in Oak Cliff.

According to police , Friessen was crossing the street, but not at a crosswalk. A Honda only described as gray or silver hit him and threw him 45 feet into a parked car.

The driver fled without rendering aid or leaving identification.

Three witnesses from Dallas Can Academy across the street saw the incident but did not get a license plate number.

Friessen was rushed to Methodist Hospital where he was admitted to intensive care with multiple injuries that were not life threatening.

He had surgery to repair his facial injuries. His jaw is wired shut since the surgery and he remains on a liquid diet.

Because of injuries to his ankle, he was unable to stand unassisted.

On Dec. 12, he was released from the hospital and on Monday, he stopped by the bar.

Friessen has no insurance. A website,, and a Facebook page called “Help Out Dan Friessen” have been created to assist with the cost of medication and to help cover medical bills. Other fundraisers are planned.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 17, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Ranch Hand Rescue hopes you’ll consider Chili’s tonight for your dining out pleasure

Bob Williams

Based in Argyle, Ranch Hand Rescue has been so busy saving large animals, that it’s difficult to also find time to concentrate on fundraising to keep its operating budget afloat. Bob Williams, founder of the nonprofit, has been creative though and recently held a raffle to help raise money for the rescue to continue its work.

On Tuesday, Ranch Hand Rescue teams up with Chili’s in Highland Village to add some scratch to the budget, and I bet he and his partner Marty Polasko, owner of the neighboring American Pet Spa and Resort, are hoping everyone up north is in the mood for a Southern Smokehouse Bacon Burger or a Quesadilla Explosion Salad for dinner.

Here’s the word:

Chili’s will donate 10% of your total spend on Tuesday 8-31-10 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. for RHR. With medical bills for our animals in excess of $7,500.00 we could use your support. You can learn more about Ranch Hand Rescue at The donation also applies to all to go orders!

You can also find more information about the dining event or the rescue on their Facebook page.

—  Rich Lopez