Friends plan benefit for Denny Summers

Wanda English Burnett - Editor

Friends of Denver (Denny) Summers have been busy organizing a benefit designed to help him with medical expenses following a car crash that left him seriously injured.

The benefit is set for Saturday, March 3 at the VFW in Napoleon. It will run from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. and will “have something for everyone,” according to Mallory Sanchez, a friend and former co-worker of Summers.

Saying that the community has really come together to help with the benefit, Sanchez noted that the hall was donated, businesses and individuals have donated items for the silent auction, and popular local band 650north, will perform for free. “It will be a great night of entertainment and fun,” she noted. There is no charge at the door, but a free will donation will be accepted with all proceeds benefiting the Summers’ family.

A wonderful hog roast meal will be served with sides and drink. Besides the silent auction, there will be raffles and various games throughout the evening. Then 650north will take the stage at 9:00 p.m. This local group is a popular favorite and is comprised of Andrew Vollmer, Josh Lohrum, Chris Bultman, and Matt Schuerman.

“Denny was a great asset to our company,” noted Sanchez, who said he was a former agent at MainSource Insurance. She said they hope by having this benefit to “take some of the financial burden off the family.”

Medical expenses have mounted since the accident, which occurred on November 29, 2006, on US 421 in Decatur County. Summers was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with life-threatening injures from the crash. He has been either in the hospital or at a rehabilitation center since that time and only came home on February 11. “He still has a long way to go,” Sanchez said.

For those who would like to give, but won’t be able to attend the benefit event, they can do so by mailing a check to MainSource Insurance, 510 S. Buckeye Street, PO Box 162, Osgood, IN 47037, earmarked for Denver Summers.

Everyone is invited to help with the benefit, whether you attend the event, give a monetary gift, or say a prayer for the recovery of Summers.

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