On Monday, October 10, from 5:00-8:00 PM a fundraiser for a local family will be held at the Howell Opera House. The evening will include a dinner, beverages, and dessert, with proceeds to benefit the Don Barnowski family.
Tickets for adults are $25 and for children, $10. There will also be a silent auction with items such as tickets to Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings games, a fly-fishing trip, and signed Red Wings hockey sticks and photos. Also, there will be a meet and greet with some Detroit Red Wings: Justin Abdelkader, Valtteri Filppula, Darren Helm, Niklas Kronwall, and team doctor Dr. Tony Colucci.
A year and a half ago, Don Barnowski was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the spinal cord and the brain. The raised funds will help pay for medical expenses. Also, the family hopes to purchase a patient lift to help transfer Mr. Barnowski from his bed to his wheelchair and vice versa. The family also hopes to purchase a handicap van.
Mr. Barnowski’s children, Nick and Emily, attend Howell High School. Nick, a senior, is the editor-in-chief of the Main Four publication, and a member of the varsity tennis team. Emily is a sophomore and on the girl’s golf team.