Benefit planned for Tonganoxie teen
A benefit for a Tonganoxie man injured in an accident in April is set for June 16, and it promises to be quite an event.
Tony Maurer, a Pittsburg State University student, was paralyzed in an all-terrain vehicle accident on April 1. His family has medical insurance, but additional funds are needed to help purchase equipment and other health-related items not covered by insurance.
The event for Maurer will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 16 at the administration building at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
A taco dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A raffle will be drawn at 7:30 p.m., and a silent auction will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tiffany Garner, Maurer's older sister who is organizing the event, said numerous items have been donated for the auction and raffle.
"We've got everything from make-up to tools," Garner said. "It's just wild everything we're going to have."
Among the numerous items that have been donated are a side of beef, veterinary services, dog food and pet supplies, hotel room packages, tickets to NASCAR races and Royals games, a vintage fur coat, chiropractic services, a barbecue grill with accessories, golf clubs, vintage jewelry and a carriage ride.
"Anything you can imagine, we basically have," Garner said.
And Garner said a 1947 one-ton Dodge pickup truck that her brother restored will be auctioned.
She emphasized that people do not have to purchase a meal to participate in the raffle or the auction. And attendance at the raffle is not required.
"We're hoping to have around 700 people there," she said. "People we don't know are buying tickets people who aren't even from Tonganoxie."
Tickets will be available at the door. Meal tickets are available at the office of Dr. Richard Dean, 420 E. Fourth, or from Garner.
For more information or to donate items or funds, contact Tiffany Garner, 369-2276.