Fundraiser to help man blown from scaffolding in Fraser |

Fundraiser to help man blown from scaffolding in Fraser

by Cyndi McCoy
Grand County, Colorado

While working at a construction site for the new Grand Mountain Bank building in Fraser, Grand Lake stone mason Jeff Fay was blown off of scaffolding by high winds. Workers there that day estimate the winds reached around 75 mph.

One gust sent Fay more than 28 feet down to the ground, leaving him with five broken vertebrae in his back, a broken hip and pelvis. Doctors told Fay it will be at least a year before he will be able to return to work. He was released from St. Anthony’s Hospital about two weeks ago.

Family members and those who know Fay invite the public to a fundraising event for the Fays. Through a variety of events, they hope to raise funds for him, wife Nikki, and their four children ” to help them get through this tough time.

East Grand Middle School has offered up its commons area for the meal, and other help has come from businesses and individuals donating for drawings and silent auction.

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DJ Social and Simon Nicol, drummer for the Neighborhood Heroes, will perform.

Fay says he has been touched by everyone “being a family to mine during our time of need.” He has heard of communities pulling together for those in need, “but wow,” he said, “what a county we live in. I never imagined I would be on this end, but thanks to all of your prayers and each one reaching out all in your own special way. You are all such a blessing to my family and of help for my recovery.”

Big-ticket auction items include several pieces of local artwork, golf passes, and various gift certificates and services. To help, call Cindy Southway at (970) 627-3172.

Donations are also being accepted at Grand Mountain Banks. Tickets for the event are available at the GM banks, Java Lava, Paper Clip, Trial Ridge Grill, East Grand Middle School, and at the door.

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