To the Editor:
Family and friends of Erika "Hank" Bennett would like to thank everyone for their help and support of this year's "Hank Fest 2013." The festival was held July 13 at the Spieler's Club in Proctor.
The festival is an annual event that raises money for Churg-Strauss Syndrome, the disease that Erika Bennett was diagnosed with after her untimely passing in 2010. This year's efforts raised over $1,500 for the organization. In a recent letter, Jane Dion of the CSS organization said that "recent funds raised by Hank Fest have been instrumental in launching the new website for CSS: www.cssassociation.org."
Thank you to area merchants that donated items for auction at the event: Susie's Crafts and Supplies, Valley Cinema 3, Creations by Marsha Kline, Chainsaw artist Ed Kinney, and a selection of amusement park and zoo tickets from Power Country 99.5 WETZ Radio. Quality Aluminum, Paden City Tastee Freez, and Power Country generously sponsored the t-shirts for the event this year. We also would like to thank Dougger Entertainment for emceeing service and Captain Carl for providing the sound equipment. Entertainment was provided by Rodney Sands, Anthony Mossberg, Outlaw Train, Bringing Back Country, Don's Barbershop Presents, and The Monkey Farm.
Hank Fest 2013 would also like to thank Brenda Cline, Sarah Cline, Tiffany Ferrebee, Jess Morgan Smith, Brenda Weekley, Ashley Blatt, Linna Kinney and Sarah Nedley for all their help during the festival
To learn more about Churg-Strauss Syndrome, please visit their web site at www.cssassociation.org to learn more about the disease and how you can help. Please find the Hank Fest Facebook page, Hank Fest - In Honor of Erika "Hank" Bennett, and like us for information onformation on future events.