Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor
It was one of the most popular Making A Difference segments we ever aired and I write today with bad news -- the woman at the heart of the story has been the victim of a brutal crime and is in dire need of our thoughts, prayers and support. Please hope for the very best for Elizabeth Buntrock and all those she helps at the Pantry of Broward.
We hope you can join us tonight.
Statement from The Pantry of Broward:
The Pantry of Broward energetically denounces the violent attack against the founder of the agency early this morning as she went to volunteer.
At approximately 6:00am, 75 year-old Elizabeth 'BJ' Buntrock, arrived at The Pantry of Broward - an agency that serves seniors in need on low, fixed incomes and grandparents raising their grandchildren - to prepare emergency food boxes for Christmas for the elderly.
The charitable agency is located at 610 NW 3rd Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Buntrock parked her car and was immediately jumped by an adult male. He pushed the frail senior into the offices and violently attacked her.
The alleged attacker was detained soon after by City of Fort Lauderdale police.
"BJ has given her all helping seniors in this community. That this should happen to her of all people - or any elderly person - is totally unacceptable," said a shaken Penny Loughan, CEO of The Pantry of Broward.
Buntrock underwent medical attention and was released.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Development
The Pantry of Broward
610 NW 3rd Ave
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33311
(954) 358-1481 ext 114