Picnic to benefit Sorrentino family July 25 | SierraSun.com

Picnic to benefit Sorrentino family July 25

The Friends of the Sorrentino Family are hosting a community fund-raiser picnic and barbecue to help offset the Sorrentino’s medical bills due to the hospitalization and death of their son, Gabe.

Gabe, who was seriously injured in a tragic car accident, died on May 30, after being hospitalized nearly a week. He was 10 years old and a sixth-grader at Sierra Mountain Middle School.

“His short life left an impact on the community of Truckee,” said Jeannine Karnofsky, friend of the family who is helping to organize the benefit picnic.

“Gabe’s classmates were compelled not to let the memory of Gabe fade with the moving on of their lives,” she said. Gabe’s classmates helped to build “Gabe’s Garden” at the middle school in Gabe’s memory last month.

A group of Truckee residents, aided by the Pascual Tito Martinez Foundation, is planning the fund-raiser picnic which will be held July 25 at the Truckee River Regional Park from noon to 7 p.m.

The event will feature live music, dancing and great food as well as games, prizes and a raffle drawing, said Karnofsky. Prizes include a week’s stay for four at John Newcomb’s tennis complex at the Continental Plaza in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Raffle tickets are $1 each and the drawing will include four vintage stream train tickets. Live music will go on all day as well as swing dancing with Rob and Jean McCarthy.

All proceeds will go toward the Sorrentino’s medical costs.

Volunteers are still needed for the event. If interested, call 582-8462.

The cost for the picnic barbecue is $7 for adults and $4 for children over five.

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