ZOARVILLE (WJER) (Feb. 2, 2024) – There’s a fundraiser Saturday for the Tusky Valley student still recovering from injuries she sustained in the deadly chain reaction crash involving the charter bus crash carrying the band to Columbus.
The Brynn Goedel Benefit starts at 4 pm in the former high school with a pasta dinner available for dine-in or carry-out, raffles, and auctions. Jackie Kendel, whose daughter is friends with Brynn, is organizing the event with her sister Tina Armstrong and Cronenbaugh Auction Services.
“She’s doing very well. The project was started at their house for part of her new room there and being able to get things situated the way she needs to,” Armstrong said.
They’re hoping to raise a hundred thousand dollars or more to help the family with their expenses.
“Her mom actually took off work and was there the whole time with her. So, yes, the monetary donations and things like that have been great,” Armstrong said. “They’re definitely a very deserving family.”
Photos of some of the auction items are posted on the Brynn Goedel Facebook group. One is a basket from the injured charter bus driver – Donald Wagler – who quickly opened the doors after the crash so Brynn and the other passengers wouldn’t get trapped.
“What a great guy! We wish him well, and he’s hoping things go very well for Brynn, too.”
Meals are by donation with the drive-up line opening 30 minutes before the event. Armstrong says the silent auction begins at 4 and the live one two hours later. She’s hoping to raise a hundred thousand dollars or more to help Brynn’s family with their expenses.