Ebel folks rally community to provide funds to help ailing DP Brian Clare

Director Bob Ebel has worked on many commercials over the years with DP Brian Clare and considers him a good friend. When Clare’s health problems mounted, Ebel immediately stepped up to help his friend by helping to raise funds to cover the family’s lost income and a myriad of expenses not paid by insurance.

Clare is battling stage four lung cancer. He is out of the hospital after finishing radiation treatment and also starting recovery from surgery to repair a fractured hip.

“It’s a tough battle Brian’s fighting,” said Ebel producer Lisa Masseur, “but he has renewed spirit and determination from the outpouring of love and concern from the entire film community.”

Ebel Productions set up a fund at the Harris bank in Marengo, where the Clares live, to accept contributions. “Whatever amount anyone would like to contribute, ten, twenty dollars or more, would really help with these special needs,” said Masseur.

Checks may be sent to: Brian Clare Benefit Fund, Harris Bank, 100 W. Washington St., Marengo, IL 60152. To wire transfer money to the fund, the routing number is 071906573.

“And please send your best thoughts, wishes and prayers Brian’s way. All the support you can give would be greatly appreciated,” Masseur said. Email paula@porte.com, or send letters and cards to: Brian Clare, 20185 Pleasant Grove Road, Marengo, IL 60152.