East Canton Community comes together to raise $22,000

By Karen Mundy The Press-News Published:

More than 600 people attended the Erik Loy dinner on Nov. 17 and approximately $22,000 was raised to help Erik and his family, as they battle his liver disease.

Dawn Reichard and Heather Linerode organized the spaghetti dinner and night of fun, but a host of family and friends helped out to make the event a huge success. Thirty-five baskets and a handmade quilt by the Osnaburg Quilt And Fiber Art Guild were raffled and 10 silent auction items were also purchased during the evening.

Reichard voiced her appreciation to the following: the Foltz Community Center; Mr. Mikes catering, Motts Old Mill bulk Foods, Wallace foods, Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, the Bosler Family, Green Farms, Monter's Excavating, Teds Auto Sales, Ermanno's Pizza, Johnnie's Bakery and The Country Cafe for donating the food; Graydian Technologies for the web site.

She was also grateful for all the people who donated baskets and other items that were needed, including the guild for the "beautiful quilt."

Teachers, staff members and students at Osnaburg Local Schools also helped at the event. Grief Packaging donated the Erik Loy bracelets.

Reichard added that she thanked "the entire Loy family for helping Heather and I," and she added: "We also want to thank the entire community for coming together to make this a huge success!"

Erik, a freshman, at East Canton High School, is battling a liver disease and will have to undergo a liver transplant. Much of his care is at the Cleveland Clinic, so driving expenses are adding to the medical costs.

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