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Fundraiser nets $12k for area nonprofits

BY JARED KEEVER - jkeever@pearutribune.com

A fun night out in downtown Peru a week ago pulled in more than $12,000 that will go to support local nonprofits.

“This was my second year,” Paul Butzin, an organizer of the event told the Tribune on Friday.

Butzin said the Aug. 3 event that was dubbed simply “Block Party 2019” brought in $12,357 and was meant to raise awareness around domestic violence and child abuse.

He worked with his committee of organizers, Denise Sims, Jay Thomas, Abby Campbell, Jenni Cassel, and Larry and Christina Mongosa, to host the event.

“We had over 100 sponsors,” he said, by way of explaining this year’s success.

But they also hosted a motorcycle ride to raise money and a “singles auction” with bidders vying for dates with those who put themselves on the block for the cause.

Butzin wasn’t sure how much the ride brought in, but the auction’s bidders were significant contributors.

“They raised just over $2,800,” he said.

He didn’t have an official head count, but estimated that there were over 500 people who filled the area in front of Gabriel’s Pancake House on East Sixth Street.

“It brings a lot of people in from out of town,” he said.

The money from the event is being divided up given to the Miami County Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council, Miami County Healthy Families and Family Service Association in Kokomo, Butzin said.

He said he will be presenting checks for $4,118 to representatives from each of those organizations at 2 p.m. today at Beef ‘O’Brady’s.