Dinner in Morris benefits family of boy with illness
Two-year-old Greysen Gregory of Morris had his remaining kidney removed on Friday and awaits a transplant. A dinner benefiting his family was held on Friday. Contributed photo
While 2-year-old Greysen Gregory of Morris was in recovery from surgery to remove his remaining kidney on Friday, supporters of his family gathered at Morris Town Hall for an all-you-can-eat dinner benefiting the family.
Greysen is fighting a rare kidney disease at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford and is on dialysis until he can receive a donated kidney. His dad, Joe, was able to make it to the dinner before returning to the hospital. Friday's surgery went well, Gregory said, and Greysen is resting comfortably.
"The community support is overwhelming," Gregory said. "It's comforting to know that so many people are willing to help."
Proceeds from the dinner will go to a fund established to meet the medical and educational needs of Greysen. The dinner was organized by Rose Buckens of Morris and Jo Ann Jaacks of Litchfield.
Many volunteers assisted with preparing entrees and desserts. Russell Barton of Litchfield sponsored the food that was prepared by the Ripe Tomato in Litchfield. Woods Pit BBQ in Bantam and the G.W. Tavern in Washington Depot provided cornbread.
Morris First Selectman Thomas Weik concocted two pots of chili and his administrative assistant, Laurel Gillotti, made a batch of lasagna. Dessert included donations from the famous Brits Brand ladies and Amanda Bakes.
Several businesses donated to a prize drawing held at the end of the dinner.
"The support from friends and neighbors, people in surrounding towns and the business community has been phenomenal," Buckens said.
Donations to Greysen’s Fund may be sent to the Thomaston Savings Bank, 203 Main St., Thomaston, 06787.
Doyle Finan of Litchfield and Litchfield Hills Probate District Judge Diane Blick are in the food line. BZphotos
Volunteers Maureen Bellmay, left, and Leslie Handelman serve a customer.
Dinner organizer Rose Buckens was selling tickets for a prize drawing.
Alison DeLello of the Brits Brand ladies arrives with dessert.
A board listing individuals and businesses supporting the dinner.