Fundraiser pro­vides a car for the Bon­ner fam­ily

Times-Record - - NEWS - By ANGELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

GRASONVILLE — The com­mu­nity turned out to sup­port the Life­savers Unite for Brit­tany’s An­gels fundraiser, spon­sored by First Light for First Re­spon­ders and The Jetty Restau­rant and Dock Bar, on June 15, at the restau­rant. The event was a ben­e­fit for the fam­ily of a lo­cal first re­spon­der who died in a ter­ri­ble traf­fic crash in May.

Queen Anne-Hills­boro Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany mem­ber Brit­tany Plumer, 27, of Queen Anne was killed and two of her chil­dren crit­i­cally in­jured May 17 when a garbage truck crossed the cen­ter line and struck their car head-on on Har­mony Road in Caro­line County. She left be­hind her fi­ancé Bran­don Bon­ner and their five chil­dren. The crash also de­stroyed the fam­ily’s only means of trans­porta­tion.

Or­ga­niz­ers Justin Davis, founder and pres­i­dent of First Light for First Re­spon­ders, Justin Kier­nan, gen­eral man­ager at The Jetty, and Ker­iAnne and Blaine Slacum were all pleased with the turnout.

“It was just such a touch­ing story, such a heart­break­ing story,” Kier­nan said. The Jetty was one of the places the cou­ple liked to hang out; when Davis ap­proached him about the fundraiser, Kier­nan said he didn’t hes­i­tate to talk to the owner, Ron Sar­tain, who gave it his bless­ing. The Jetty even do­nated a por­tion of even­ing’s food and drink pro­ceeds to the cause.

“So many peo­ple do­nated, and it was one of the best turnouts I’ve seen,” Kier­nan said, and he’s been there since 2001.

Raf­fle prizes and silent auc­tion items were gen­er­ously do­nated by lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses, Davis said. There was also a 50/50 raf­fle and drop buck­ets and fire­fighter boots for col­lect­ing do­na­tions. Davis em­ceed the event and pro­vided mu­sic un­til pop­u­lar lo­cal band Hot Tub Limo took the stage at 8:30 p.m.

The event raised enough money to pro­vide a re­li­able ve­hi­cle for trans­porta­tion that would fit the whole fam­ily. Davis con­spired with Bran­don Bon­ner’s mom Carolyn to meet him at The Jetty on July 20.

He asked Bon­ner to come out­side with him, where they were joined by Kier­nan and Adam Britt, and Davis pre­sented him with the keys to a used Ford Ex­plorer XLT with third row seat­ing. He said pro­ceeds from the fundraiser pur­chased the ve­hi­cle, in­clud­ing taxes, tags and in­spec­tion, plus two years mem­ber­ship in AAA. Plans are in the works to in­stall a new ra­dio with hands-free GPS nav­i­ga­tion and Bluetooth, plus tele­vi­sions for the kids.

Bon­ner was over­whelmed, thank­ing him and say­ing how much he ap­pre­ci­ated ev­ery­thing. Three of the chil­dren climbed in to check it out.

Davis told Bon­ner they wanted him to be able to get to and from work, trans­port the chil­dren and travel to and from med­i­cal ap­point­ments with 3-year-old Colton, who has nu­mer­ous surg­eries still ahead of him.

The pre­sen­ta­tion al­most didn’t hap­pen that day, Davis said, af­ter an area car dealer who had been work­ing with him was un­able to ac­com­mo­date the sched­ule at the last minute. But Britt, who is re­tired from the car business, stepped in and used his con­tacts to find a re­place­ment.

Ker­iAnne and Blaine Slacum re­ally worked their butts off along with their kids to make ev­ery­thing a suc­cess, Davis said. In ad­di­tion to them, Kier­nan and Britt, oth­ers help­ing with the fundraiser in­cluded Wil­lis Tire, Rob­bie’s 1st Base, Ber­rang Mo­tors, Heather and Bernie Ed­wards and Jen­nifer Paul, he said.

“To help out, that’s what it’s all about. To see the smile, take away a lit­tle bit of the pain,” Kier­nan said.

First Light is al­ways look­ing to help and for help, Davis said. Any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved can find more in­for­ma­tion on the First Light for First Re­spon­ders web­site, www.flffr.org, or on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Face­book page.

The next First Light for First Re­spon­ders event will be the 17th an­nual 9/11 Salute to He­roes on Sept. 11.

PHO­TOS BY ANGELA PRICE

A re­cent fundraiser at The Jetty made it pos­si­ble to pro­vide a ve­hi­cle for the Bon­ner fam­ily. From left, Adam Britt, Bran­don Bon­ner, Caleb Bon­ner, Mackenzie Bon­ner, Gage Bon­ner, Justin Davis and Justin Kier­nan.

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