CYNTHIANA, Ky. (WTVQ) – People in Cynthiana are still grieving the death of Harrison County High School senior Brett Persinger and praying for the recovery of fellow student Max Ogden, both of whom were in a serious car crash involving a cement truck on New Lair Road the day before Thanksgiving.
“The students need time to grieve and take off so they’re been excusing us for things like that. So it’s been hard but we’ve had a lot of support up there at the hilltop,” said Chelsey Kelly, a Harrison County High School student.
To try and help the community, especially the families of the victims, a group of locals decided to organize a fundraising raffle and wrestling show.
“To me I just hope they come out and enjoy they’re self, you know, to let them know that the community does really care about their loss and not just Brett’s loss but let the Ogden family know they, you know, hey we’re thinking about you in this time,” said Phillip Kelly, a member of Prime Time Wrestling.
Organizers say the town has been more than generous in donating supplies and items for the raffle and say 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to helping the families.
“Money, you think it’s nothing but these families are going to be off work, they need time to grieve. Hopefully all of us coming together and helping them and showing them we’re here for them to lean on. I hope that helps the grieving process,” said Amber Hutchison, the fundraiser organizer.
Organizers say they hope to pack the Cynthiana City Hall gym with hundred of people to show their support and love for the families.
The fundraiser begins at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Cynthiana City Hall.