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OTTAWA - The temperature was high but it didn’t keep the people from turning out for the benefit for the Romes Brothers Memorial Fund last Saturday.


The event was held at Schnipke Inn in Ottawa. Pork chop dinners were served outside. Patrons could eat outside at tables set up on the sidewalk or go inside to eat where live entertainment was provided by Dustin Hites with the band Lucid Spark.


“The community felt it was important to come together to help the Grothause and Romes families during this difficult time,” said Jason Norway, one of the organizers of the event.


It has been nearly six weeks since the boys were reported missing and later found deceased.


Stacy Schnipke, a friend of Michelle Grothause, mother of the boys, said some of the proceeds are to help Michelle with expenses. Michelle attended Saturday’s event.


Norway explained there are two funds set up to assist the family.


A fund set up at Huntington Bank will be used for funeral expenses for the boys. Any additional money will go toward a scholarship set up in memory of the brothers.


The fund at the Union Bank is set up to assist Shelly with expenses she may need.


“We can never ever do anything to replace her sons,” said Stacy, “but we want to give her money to use in the future for what she chooses.”


Proceeds from the pork chop dinner sales and a raffle held during the event went into the Union Bank fund. 170 dinner and 240 raffle tickets were sold during the event.


There were 200 Bracelets and 30 t-shirts saying “Remember the Titans” sold during the benefit. Proceeds from the sale of these items went into the Huntington Bank.


Blake Romes had worked at the Schnipke Inn. “He and his family are like family to us,” said Dorothy Schnipke. “This is why we wanted to do this.”


On Monday, Bob Evans Restaurant in Findley donated 15 percent of their total sales to the Huntington Bank fund. They also purchased and had their employees wear “Remember the Titans” shirts during the day.


The next fundraiser in Putnam County is a golf scramble on Sunday, Aug. 18, at Pike Run Golf Course. The entry fee is $200 for a 4-member team and will include golfing, a cart and dinner. The shot gun start is at 1 p.m. To register for this event call Greg Grothouse at 419-358-1574.





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