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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Grendell chips in to help long-time Geauga friend

State Sen. Tim Grendell, R-Chester Township, is chipping in to help ailing Reno "Jay" Reda, retired state wildlife officer assigned to Geauga County.

Reda has been diagnosed with a rare form of terminal stomach cancer. However, it is possible that Reda may be a candidate for experimental treatment. Hence the plan to conduct a special fund-raising event for him.

To that end, a $10,000 donation has been promised but it must be matched with a similar amount. Solicitations are being made with Grendell coming up with $500 to go toward the fund.

Others contributing included Chris Fassnacht, president of Expositions, Inc. which operates the Great Lakes Expo Center in Euclid. Fassnacht contributed $1,000 with other contributions from the Bachtel family, the Faddoul family, Mt. Pleasant Rod and Gun Club, Bob & Judy Meyer and Joe & Dorrie Keough.

Reda's fund-raiser is set for 2 to 8 p.m., April 30 at tghe Croatian Lodge party Center in Eastlake. Cost is $45 per person or $70 per couple.

Donations of raffle and auction items as well as cash are being accepted. Call 216-346-9615, 440-915-1295, 440-346-5830, or 440-570-0361 for details and ticket information and sales.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn


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