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Benefit planned Saturday for Romes Memorial Fund


August 25. 2013 5:02AM
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OTTAWA — Bracelets and T-shirts will be offered for sale during a benefit Saturday to raise money for the Blake and Blaine Romes Memorial Fund.



It has been nearly six weeks since the boys were discovered missing. Both boys were found dead later that day.



A pork chop dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Schnipke Inn, Ottawa. Dinners will be sold until they are sold out. There is no pre-sale of tickets.



The dinner will cost $8 for one pork chop and two sides. It is $10 for two pork chops with two sides. There will also be a 31-raffle drawing at 5:30 p.m. Live entertainment will also be provided during the benefit.



Walnut Street, north of Main Street, will be closed, and tables will be placed on the street to allow for outdoor enjoyment of the dinner.



All proceeds from the dinners, 31 raffle, bracelets and T-shirt sales will go into the Blake and Blaine Romes Memorial Fund.



Jason Norway, one of the organizers of the event, said they are inviting people to come and enjoy the meal, then stay to view the Putnam County Fair Parade, which will go down Main Street at 7 p.m. Saturday.



Blaine and Blake are the sons of Brian Romes and Michelle Grothause. Their father and stepmother, Lori, survive in Findlay. His mother, Michelle Grothause, survives in Ottawa.



“The community feels it is important to come together to help the Grothause and Romes families during this difficult time,” Norway said.





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