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Since 11-year-old Logan Pease was struck by a vehicle while riding his ATV in May, the community has come together to organize a fundraiser for his medical expenses.
The Family Fun Fest to benefit Logan Pease is set to take place this Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elks Ball Field on county Route 12 in Whitehall. It will include a bounce house, face painting, themed raffles, food, beverages, games and live music.

Logan Pease

Logan Pease

“We kind of wanted to pick events that were Logan-themed,” said Topher Montville, one of the organizers of the event. “For example in the relay race, you have to put on John Deere stuff and hand over a coffee mug as a baton – those are things that are symbolic of this little guy.”
Tickets for any of the games, cotton candy and popcorn are $1 each, $5 for 10 tickets or $10 for 25 tickets.
Basket raffles tickets will be $5 for an entry sheet and $2 for each additional sheet.
A hotdog or burger with chips and a drink can be purchased for $5, and Bob Putorti’s famous sausage with a drink can be purchased for $7.
Whitehall alumni PJ Ferguson will perform his music at the event, as will Empty Tree, a contemporary Christian rock band.
Through social media, the event has gained a lot of traction, as supporters from all over the globe have donated money, baskets for the raffle and myriad other things.
“It’s just amazing to see how many people are coming and supporting this,” said Sheila Bourque, grandmother of Pease. “To see it grow on Facebook every week is just amazing. Just seeing people say ‘I’ll volunteer’ it’s been crazy.”
Pease lost part of his left leg when the ATV he was riding on Holcombville Road was struck by a Jeep. The results of that accident never dampened his spirits, however.
“He was helping cheer up other patients right before surgery and thanking the nurses,” Bourque said.
“Just before I got my last surgery, the anesthesiologist said ‘I’ll take care of you,’ and I said ‘I just want God to take care of me’,” Pease said.
“His ability to be resilient is just amazing,” said Montville.
Bourque praised the school, and particularly Montville, for the initiative they took in accommodating school life for Pease.
“Just as soon as his accident, Mr. Montville stepped up with his school plan,” Bourque said. “Before I was even thinking about school he was helping us out. Any question I had, Topher was back to me with an answer within 24 hours.”
The funds raised at Saturday’s festival will be put into a bank account specifically for the medical expenses of Pease’s prosthetic leg.
For more information on the event, check out the Facebook page: Family Fun Fest to Benefit Logan Pease.

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