Fundraiser for Summit County’s Kent Peterson a success (letter) | SummitDaily.com

Fundraiser for Summit County’s Kent Peterson a success (letter)

I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to a number of people who helped with a fund-raiser held on Thursday, June 18. On behalf of my good friend and long-time local Kent Petersen, we were able to raise enough money for a down payment on a wheel-chair-accessible van. Something Kent badly needs after his debilitating skiing accident back in February.

The silent auction was a huge part of the success with help from Julie Chandler, Lisa Schorr, Guy Bigelow and Mary Luyet. Extra special thanks to Kathy Grotemeyer for expertly running the silent auction. The front door and greetings were tirelessly held down by Kevin Zygulski, James March, Kevin Milligan and Sandy Smith. With help throughout the evening from Skip Lunger and Dan King.

Thanks to KSMT and the Summit Daily News for donating free advertising for this event. Thank you to the countless local people and businesses (too many to name) who donated wonderful items for the silent auction. We are lucky to live in this generous and tight knit community.

John Daisy and Fatty's Pizzeria were the champions of the night. The wait and bar staff donated their tips and the kitchen staff kept two hundred people fed. I cannot begin to estimate the sacrifice made by Fatty's volunteering to shut down the entire restaurant, free of charge, for the whole evening. They provided pizza, pasta, salad and draft beer for the event, again at no charge.

Thank you to the roughly two hundred people who attended and spent their hard earned money to help out a true friend, including many who could not attend but still made generous donations. You can still help Kent, if you like, by going to his website http://www.gofundme.com/kentpetersen or drop off a check at Fatty's Pizzeria made out to The Kent Petersen Trust.

Geoff Palmer

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