The benefit for Elisha Kulpa's double lung transplant was held on Sept. 22 and graciously hosted by the Moose Lodge of Dunkirk. The event featured two live bands, a silent auction, and chicken dinner.
By all accounts it was a great success with very strong turnout from the community.
The organizers want to thank their friends, family, and neighbors for coming together to support Elisha during this difficult time.
It truly meant a lot to Elisha seeing everybody there. We would like to give a special thank you to the people who helped set up and those who volunteered throughout the event.
Appreciation and gratitude is also given to all of the local businesses that donated to the effort. They are: 21 Brix Winery, Applebee's, Aquarium of Niagara, Aunt Millie's, Basil Chevrolet, Benner Trucking, Blasdell Pizza, BJ's (Blasdell), Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, C&C Printing (Northeast, Pa.), Campi's Pizza, Cheeburger Cheeburger (Blasdell), Choice Hotels, Cott Corporation, Darien Lake.
Demetri's on the Lake, Dom Polski's Polish Club, Dunkin' Doughnuts, Dunkirk OBSERVER, East Main Liquor, Ellie's Deli, Family Video, Home Depot (Blasdell), Inner Balance Day Spa, JC Penney, Karen's Hairem, Kirk's Jewelers, Kosciusko Polish Home, Lowe's (Hamburg), Main Liquor, Maurices, McDonald's, Moniuszko Club, Murray Hose Co. #4, Olive Garden (Blasdell), Omalia's, One Stop, Outback Steakhouse (Blasdell), Papaya Novelty, Paper Factory, Pattons, Pro Energy, Red Dragon (Blasdell).
Red Lobster (Blasdell), Rookies, Salvatore's, Sam's Club (Lakewood), Taco Bell, Tanning Bed, Tim Horton's, The Stars (Forestville), Tractor Supply, Upper Edge, Valvos Candies, Wal-Mart, Water's Edge (Gowanda), WDOE-AM, 96 Kix FM, Will Poultry Co., Windgate by Windham and Yummy's Ice Cream.
Thank you again to everyone who donated and/or attended; your support means more than you know.
To keep up with Kulpa's progress visit her website at www.journey2newlungs.com.
ELISHA KULPA and JASON BENNER,
DARREN and KATHRYN CZECHOWSKI and ROBERT and MARIAN PENKATY,