Hitting one out of the park

| Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 9:06 p.m.

The old saying that “there's no place like home” is certainly true of Connellsville. My wife, Sharon, and I wish to express our deepest thanks to those who purchased tickets and made donations to help us pay for the handicap-accessible van that was necessary for my ongoing struggle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Thanks to those who donated a 50-inch LG TV and those who purchased the tickets. We were overwhelmed with goodwill.

Like Lou Gehrig, our hometown community “stepped up to the plate” to help us this time, as people have so many times before. And we are so grateful.

Thanks to Joe DeClemente and Dave and Wanda Martray for your help with the van and the devotion you show us throughout the year. And to our Ohio friends, Burt and Mary Lynn, for their unbelievable donation to the van fund.

To my co-workers from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, who always come through for me.

To my family, who worked so hard to help us meet the ticket goal.

And to members of the Geibel High School Class of 1967, who donated money and sold tickets.

So many others also assisted, such as Conn-Area Catholic and Geibel Middle and Senior High Schools, which gave a generous “Dress Down Day” contribution that went to the Walk to Defeat ALS.

Connellsville Elks' Wednesday Dart Ball Club donated a surprising amount of money. And my cousin, Bill Hrezo, donated his van to us.

Thanks to my neighbors, my friends and everyone who read Laura Szepesi's stories in the Daily Courier and stopped by to donate, and to my friends at St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church for their help.

Thanks to everyone who assisted us in our hour of need. This experience has proven once again that Connellsville is truly a special place to live.

Joe & Sharon Hrezo


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