Four Winds to host Kidney Foundation fundraiser - April 11, 2019
BY DENNY SCOTT
Local community groups in Brussels are coming together to support Christopher Pennington’s ongoing backing of the Kidney Foundation with a special event at the Four Winds Barn.
Supported by the Brussels Lions Club, the Brussels Optimists and the Four Winds Barn, the event, set for April 20, includes a steak dinner social with silent auction and speeches. Tickets are available for $50 per person and come with a $25 tax receipt from the foundation.
“The community of Brussels wanted to have an event, and a couple organizations decided to host this event for me,” Christopher said.
Chris’ father Mark explained that there have been some great contributions made to the event, especially in the silent auction, where Blyth Cowbell Brewing Company and Pelee Island Winery have donated some very impressive packages.
The event is just one of the projects that Pennington has focused on with his fundraising team, Christopher’s Crew, that participates in the Kidney Walk every year.
Pennington has sold Little Caesars’ pizza kits, held online auctions, sold bracelets and water bottles and participated in various other activities to fundraise for the walk, which he has been participating in for five years. Mark and Chris’ mother Cathy estimate he has raised more than $47,000 for the Kidney Foundation.
Christopher was diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder called Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP) in his youth and, in the spring of 2015, after a kidney biopsy, Pennington was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Since then, he has pledged to help the Kidney Foundation which helped him, alongside the doctors at London’s Children’s Hospital, to continue living his life and participating in the activities he holds dear like hockey and baseball.
For more information on the event, contact Mark at 519-357-0241, Cathy at 519-955-5218, Kathy Stephenson of the Four Winds Barn at 226-889-2276 or search for Christopher’s Crew on Facebook.