By: Mark Mercer – THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The essence of small town America can best be summed up by the philosophy of neighbors helping neighbors, and citizens bonding together to lend a helping hand to those in need. This was aptly demonstrated on Saturday, October 19 at the American Legion when the post held a fundraising pancake breakfast to lend assistance to Montpelier resident Bobby Beck. Bobby was diagnosed last June with colon cancer and the proceeds from the event were donated to the Beck family to assist the family with related medical expenses and make sure the family’s needs are taken care of. Bob, who worked as a brick mason, has been unable to work due to the effects of the cancer and is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment.
In addition to the fundraising event on Saturday, friends and local residents will hold “The Bob Beck Benefit,” which will take place on November 2. The event will be held at the Gillette building at the Williams County Fairgrounds, with doors opening at 5:00 and dinner beginning at 6:00. Highlights of the evening will include a free will donation hog roast, a corn hole tournament, and a DJ providing entertainment throughout the evening. The event will also include a raffle for a 12 Gauge Citori Shotgun. Tickets for the raffle may be purchased for $25.00. The event will be a BYOB event, and those interested in participating in the corn hole tournament may register between 5:00-6:00.
For more information on the November 2nd event or to make a donation, you may contact Jenni Kock at 419-630-6438, Heather O’Neil at 419-519-0753, Brian Beck at 419-553-9717, Bengie Beck at 419-553-6417 or Jennifer Benner at 419-553-0425.
Mark Mercer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org