Kathi Peck of Goshen, her daughters, Stacey Recchia, left, of Watertown, Erin Izzo of Canton, and Izzo’s son, Ripley, at Friday evening’s pasta supper benefiting Kathi’s husband, Ron. BZ photos
A pasta supper held at American Legion Post 27 in Litchfield on Friday as a benefit for accident victim Ron Peck of Goshen raised more than $5,000, a number that is expected to grow considerably as the evening’s proceeds are tallied and more donations are received.
Attendance was so strong that the Post 27 members doing the cooking ran out of pasta and had to replenish supplies before the supper ended.
“One of the wonderful things about this town is the way it comes together when someone needs help,” said one of the supper’s organizers, Jessica O’Sullivan, president of the Post 27 auxiliary. “As soon as we heard what happened to Ron, we wanted to do something.”
Ron Peck suffered serious injuries in a car accident June 27 and is in rehabilitation at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford. His wife, Kathi, who was injured in the crash on Route 202 in Washington, Conn., is on her way to a full recovery and attended the supper with her daughters, Erin Izzo of Canton and Stacey Recchia of Watertown.
“Ron has a long way to go, but being an athlete and a runner he knows it takes work to reach a goal,” Kathi Peck said.
Although he is not a veteran, Ron Peck has been a major supporter of Post 27 and its community endeavors.
After the accident, O’Sullivan convened a meeting of the auxiliary to talk about what could be done to show support for Ron Peck. It was auxiliary member Morgan Fischer who suggested a pasta supper fundraiser as part of the auxiliary’s Friday night supper series.
Friday’s donations included a check for $2,500 from the Possum Queen Foundation.
Post 27 members Jim Amrich, left, and Gene Saska work in the kitchen.
Lesley Budny, right, representing the Possum Queen Foundation, presents a check to Kathi Peck.
The kitchen crew of, from left, Morgan Fischer, Jim Amrich, Don Sage and Gene Saska.