Fundraiser Saturday for Adam Brubaker

Adam Brubaker

The Friends of Rippey will host a benefit supper and silent auction for Adam Brubaker Saturday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 7 pm at the Rippey Community Center.

The supper menu includes maidrites, baked beans, bars and beverages. A free will donation will be accepted.

Items for the silent auction are still coming in, according to Friends of Rippey president Mary Weaver. The auction bill already includes an oil change at Hoffman Brothers, homemade caramels for Christmas, two pairs of homemade mittens, and more.

“No items is too small to donate,” Weaver said. She suggested that items like a batch of dinner rolls for Thanksgiving dinner, a day spent washing windows or raking leaves, computer tutoring, or transportation to a medical appointment would all be appreciated, as well as the more typical silent auction items.

Weaver can be contacted at mweaver235 [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.

Brubaker, a 1996 East Greene graduate, is the son of Rippey mayor Dan Brubaker and his wife Claudia. He has been paralyzed since late December due to a herniated disc in his neck that compressed his entire spinal cord.

He spent six months in rehab and returned with his wife Lacy Follett in Jefferson in July. He has regained limited movement in his arms and is able to move his big toe, providing hope that his nerves may regenerate. He’s been warned though, that it may take as long as two years.

He and Lacy, a chiropractor and also an EMT, have two children, Julia and Jacob. Adam was an information technologist for Athene for 14 years but is not yet able to work.

The goal of the fundraiser is to help with the money needed to convert a van for Brubaker’s use as he recovers. He learned to drive a modified van as part of his rehabilitation but does not have one to use.

Persons who cannot attend the fundraiser can send checks payable to “Adam Brubaker Fundraiser” to the Friends of Rippey, PO Box 52, Rippey, IA 50235.

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