Benefit held for Jesse Kuntz
A benefit supper and auction was held for Jesse Kuntz on Saturday, April 20, at the Linton KC Hall. Jesse, who resides in Linton, is battling Scleroderma, and the benefit was held to help defray medical costs of treatment. The event featured a pancake and sausage meal, a silent auction, and a regular auction. All of the auction items were donated by businesses, organizations and individuals. Over 600 people attended the event, which was organized by Tiffany Kuntz and Kristy Ryckman. Other volunteers at the benefit included Jeremy Kuntz, Tony and Viola Kuntz; Mike, Makiah and Keeley Ryckman; Troy, Shari, Tate and Teegan Scherr; Greg and Shelly Volk; Kelly, Val, Miranda and Hannah Scherr, Terry Jay and Nicki Scherr; Mike and Kathy Schumacher; Roger, Linda, Vanessa, Jessica and Tiffney Salwei; Bernice and Emily Schumacher; Betsy Vetsch, Jason Kuntz, Tiffi Finck, Stacia Wagner, Agnes Wald and Lucy Scherr.
From left, Joe Vetter and Herman Schumacher, both of Herreid, S.D., conducted the auction and announced winners of the silent auction during the Jesse Kuntz benefit. Also helping out during the auction were Tate Scherr (second from right) and Mike Ryckman.
Helping out during the auction at the Jesse Kuntz benefit were, from left, Tiffany Kuntz, Kristy Ryckman and Shelly Volk. Kuntz and Ryckman organized the event.
Jesse Kuntz (center) is pictured with his parents, Tony and Viola Kuntz, during the benefit for Jesse on April 20. Jesse was diagnosed with Scleroderma in 1987 at the age of two, but he farmed with his father and uncle, Jerry Grossman, for 17 years before being forced to quit farming in 2012 due to his illness.
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