Harvard Community Celebrates Ben Abercrombie Day at El Jefe’s Taqueria

Over 2,200 members of the Harvard community turned out to celebrate Ben Abercrombie Day at El Jefe's Taqueria on Tuesday, December 12. More than $27,000 was raised for The Benson M. Abercrombie '21 Fund  on the day of the event , including $20,000 in sales donated by El Jefe's owner John Schall.


The fundraising event lasted for 20 hours -- from 8am to 4am -- with 100% of the money coming through El Jefe's doors being donated directly to the Abercrombie Fund. Student-athletes from the football team were on site with HVC staff members for the entire 20 hours to welcome customers and thank them for their support. Several coaches, both from the football staff and other Harvard programs, and athletics administrators also spent time at the restaurant.

Despite the cold and rainy conditions there was a line out El Jefe's door for nearly three hours during the lunch-time rush, and again for two hours during the dinner rush. According to Schall, the restaurant had never brought in more than $11,000 in sales in one day, and that came during Harvard-Yale in 2016.

About The Benson M. Abercrombie ’21 Fund
Established by the Harvard Varsity Club in honor of Harvard freshman Ben Abercrombie, who suffered a serious cervical injury while making his Harvard football debut this fall, the Benson M. Abercrombie ’21 Fund will provide assistance to the Abercrombie family and any future Harvard undergraduate student-athlete who incurs a severe or catastrophic injury while competing for the Crimson while enrolled in Harvard College. Ben has a long fight ahead of him, and it is more important than ever for him to know that he has the full support of the Harvard community behind him. To make a gift to The Benson M. Abercrombie '21 Fund, click here.