Donations stolen at Appleton fundraiser
Appleton — A donation jar was stolen from a fundraiser at West Appleton Country Club July 28.
The event was a benefit for Steve and Sherri Grierson of Cushing. Steve Grierson recently broke his back. Grieson reportedly was injured during an event at Pittson Fairgrounds called "Tough Truck," a two-lap course of jumps and mud on which drivers compete for the best completion time.
"We had a couple of bands playing, a pig roast and had a golf scramble earlier in the day," said country club owner Ray Bartlett on July 30.
Bartlett estimated 150 people attended the event on West Appleton Road and donations were very generous, he said.
People were asked to contribute $10 to a donation jar. Bartlett said at the end of the night, organizers noticed the donations container was gone. He is unsure how much money was in there, but assumes many people donated more than the suggested amount. Attendees of the event reported several friends of Grierson were seen donating $100 bills. The winner of the 50-50 raffle also donated back his winnings totaling $260.
Wednesday, Aug. 1, it was announced a $500 reward is being offered for information leading to recovery of the missing donations. Anyone with any information is asked to call Bartlett at 542-2687 or 323-0300. Donations can be mailed to the West Appleton Country Club, 2306 West Appleton Road, Appleton, ME 04862.
Editorial Assistant Linda Hall-Stone contributed to this story.