AMESBURY — The local community is banding together for a fundraiser for Brent Paulhus, a native of Greater Newburyport who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 2001.
A number of fundraisers and events have been held over the last decade to raise money to help Paulhus with medical expenses and equipment.
Jill Trussell-Haynes of Newburyport is spearheading the latest benefit, Brentstock 2011, featuring the local band Steel Fingers, on Saturday, Nov. 12, at The Barn Pub & Grille, 5 Ring St., Amesbury.
Trussell-Haynes said Brentstock grew out of a small fundraiser she started by donating 100 percent of her commissions from the online sale of a Ronald McDonald House Charity Bear known as the Sasha Bear to Paulhus' medical fund. She said the fundraiser soon took on a life of its own and people began contacting her saying they were unable to make a purchase but wanted to know if she might be holding a fundraising event they could attend.
She reached out to Brian MacKinnon of Steel Fingers and asked if his band mates would headline a benefit, and they quickly accepted.
A number of area businesses have donated raffle prizes for drawings. One hundred percent of proceeds from admission, raffle tickets, T-shirts designed with the Brentstock logo and a percentage of bar sales will go to support Paulhus' medical expenses and equipment.
Doors for the Nov. 12 benefit open at 7 p.m. Admission is $15. The T-shirts are on sale now for $20. Donations are still being accepted for the event. Call Trussell-Haynes at 978-457-1275 or email Jjillybeans08@hotmail.com to offer help or for more information.
Another fundraiser for Paulhus, a holiday shopping event, is being planned for Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Port Tavern on State Street in downtown Newburyport. More than 10 local vendors will be offering their products, with a portion of sales donated to Paulhus. Raffles featuring gifts from the participating vendors are also planned.