When J&P Cycles management learned that five-year-old Austin Smith, the grandson of Human Resources Administrator Kris Weers, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, they immediately started considering ideas for a benefit in support of the family. The result: purchase tickets for $2 a piece or 6 for $10 and have the opportunity to throw a “pie” of whipped cream at a member of the J&P Cycles upper management team. Additionally, a soup luncheon with a free will offering was held along with a 50-50 raffle.
Austin, a super hero loving little boy, is the son of Britt and Mikinzie Smith and grandson of Jeff and Kris Weers and Kevin and Annette Smith, all of Monticello, Iowa. Austin was diagnosed with a brain tumor and DIPG, glioblastoma on his brain stem a little over two weeks ago. Both families are well known in the surrounding area as Monticello is just 10 miles north of Anamosa, Iowa. Britt serves as the Monticello Police Chief while his parents own Goettsch Funeral Home in Anamosa and Monticello.
Employees had a great time and the management team were great sports – all while helping such a worthy family. Once totaled, $1,700 was raised, but J&P Cycles General Manager/Vice President Zach Parham rounded that up to $2,000 that went directly to the Austin Smith Benefit Fund.