$1,500 stolen from Mud Bog benefit

July 28, 2016

By John Raffel
Correspondent

A fundraiser to benefit a Marion woman with cancer met with success last weekend despite complications that were presented by a still unknown individual who apparently took some of the proceeds.

Area resident Dave Bergey said the Countryboyz Mud Bog in Marion took place to benefit his family to help with medical expenses for his wife Paula Bergey, who has stage 4 cancer. He said the family doesn’t have insurance.

“They’re some friends of mine,” Bergey said. “I know most of them. They raise money for people to help with funeral expenses, medical bills, whatever you need help with.”

The Mud Bog took place on the Countryboyz bog facility on 15 Mile Road.

“We lease the property,” Gary Hartsock of the Countryboyz said. “I live in Sears but we grew up in Marion and our friends are in Marion.”

Over 1,000 people showed up to the Mud Bog fundraiser for area resident Paula Bergey.

Over 1,000 people showed up to the Mud Bog fundraiser for area resident Paula Bergey.

“There were quite a few people there,” Bergey, also a volunteer the last three years for the Evart Fire Department said. “They came from all over.”

The Evart Fire Department also helped out with the event.

“We had a good time,” Hartsock said. “We had a little over 1,000 people show up.”

The event hit a slight snag, momentarily, with an apparent theft of some of the proceeds.

“Somebody got into our van and got some of the money, a portion of it, but we covered it,” Hartsock said, adding that the family still got the $3,720 that it was raised and intended to receive from the benefit. Mud Bog officials compensated for the money that was stolen

On the apparent robbery of around $1,500, “it’s a disgrace if they did steal from somebody,” Bergey said.

The money, “is still missing,” Hartsock said. “We didn’t report it. There were so many people there, there would be no way to prove it. But we still had a good time.”

But the fund-raising event was touching for Dave Bergey and his family.

“I appreciated it so much,” he said. “I appreciate the help and the care people have for me and my wife. I look at it this way, if I get a $1, it’s a $1 more than what I had.”

The event raised $3,720, Mud Bog officials compensated for the money that was stolen.

The event raised $3,720, Mud Bog officials compensated for the money that was stolen.





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