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Large Crowds Expected For "A Night For Garrett"

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10-year-old Garrett Rogers remains in "critical but stable" condition in the hospital (Source: Josh Wharton) 10-year-old Garrett Rogers remains in "critical but stable" condition in the hospital (Source: Josh Wharton)
A Night For Garrett (Source: Joshua Wharton) A Night For Garrett (Source: Joshua Wharton)

MILLSBORO, Del. - On May 14, the life of Garrett Rogers changed forever. The 10-year-old boy was crossing Irons Branch Road, just east of Millsboro, to retrieve some baseballs, when he was hit by a van driven by a drunk driver, according to police. Now almost a month later, as he remains in "critical but stable" condition in the hospital, his community is coming together to support the family and to stay "G-Money Strong." 

An event being called "A Night For Garrett," has been planned for Saturday, which will include music, food, an auction, and various other activities. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Millsboro Little League Field.  All proceeds from this event will go directly to Garret's family.

Close family friend Joshua Wharton planned the event, and said many vendors reached out to offer their services. 

"At 11 a.m. Hockers BBQ is going to be there," he said. "Some of the areas best BBQ… At about 3:00 o’clock, we’ve got Will Kenney of Will’s Carnival… Buckle-Up Little League (will be there). They’re bringing out a pitching booth. Where you can throw and register how fast you throw… We’ll have a silent auction from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. And 6 p.m., we’ll have the Dirt Road Outlawz take the stage and play."

Wharton said the event is completely donation driven, adding that he has been contacted by more vendors every day since the idea began. He said that dozens have volunteered items for the auction, varying from "pizza for life" to a "free helicopter ride over Ocean City."

"The family is overwhelmed," said Wharton. "And extremely appreciative of everything people have done. And continue to pray. Praying is the best thing we can do.”

This event is not the only way neighbors have shown their support. A search of #GMoneyStrong on Facebook will bring about hundreds of photos and videos from people across Delmarva and beyond showing their support. In late-May one family donated a corvette to be donated. Another local business, Sportz Tees, started selling a shirt in Garrett's honor, with all the proceeds going to the family.

Meanwhile the 3rd Wave Brewing Company out of Delmar decided to donate part of the proceeds from the 2nd annual Good Run, Good Friends, Great Beer 5K to the family of Garrett. That race begins on Saturday at 5 p.m.

"We live in the greatest place in the world," said Wharton. "I mean we really - when it’s time we take care of our own. And this is what God put us here to do. We’re here to help each other out. Boost each other up and that’s what we’re going to do.” 

Wharton has also planned a co-ed softball tournament for Sunday at the Millsboro Little League Field, with all proceeds going to Garrett's family. This tournament will be postponed if there is too much rain. 

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