posted on April 22, 2011 12:45
The Batavia Area Jaycees will hold a Chicken Barbeque fundraiser next Saturday to benefit the Colby family of Batavia, after the tragic death of husband and father Jonathan Colby.
Jonathan was killed in a car accident on Wednesday morning on Route 5 in the Town of Batavia.
The Jaycees were already planning to hold the barbeque as an organizational fundraiser. But Treasurer Melissa George tells us that because Jonathan’s wife Cathy is the Jaycees Board Chairwoman, the Jaycees decided to change their cause.
"I made the decision to ask the board, stating that we really should do something more for Cathy's family," Melissa tells WBTA.
"If we really need to raise funds for the organization, we'll hold another chicken barbeque later. But this one was already planned, already set-up," she says, "and this was something that needed to be done, in my mind."
Melissa says the Jaycees are a close-knit group, not only locally, but nationally. She wouldn't be surprised if folks from across the state and country send their condolences or other forms of support to Cathy Colby.
That family philosophy is how Melissa got to know Cathy and Jonathan Colby, and their daughter Aurelia – and it's why this tragedy has touched all the Jaycees so much.
"Everything I've know about Jonathan: he was always about family, always about helping others," she says. And being close in age to the Colby's, with a family of her own, Melissa says the tragedy really "hits home."
There is no fundraising goal for the barbeque, but the Jaycees are hoping that turnout will be far greater now that the Colby family name is attached to it.
The chicken barbeque will be held next Saturday, April 30th. Dinners can be picked up at Clor’s Meat Market on West Main Street in Batavia. Tickets are $8.00 pre-sale, $8.50 the day of the barbeque. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Jaycees office in the Batavia City Centre, the Chamber of Commerce, and T-Shirts Etc.