Grand Lake: Taking the stage for Zack |

Grand Lake: Taking the stage for Zack

Music brings people together. That’s the theme that rings from stages across Grand County every time a community member needs help. This Saturday, the tradition continues as area musicians tune up to help one of their own with a Welcome Back Zack benefit.

Proceeds from the concert event and chili supper, co-sponsored by the Grand Arts Council, will benefit 18-year-old Zack Peterson, son of Jim Peterson and Suzi Maki of Grand Lake and graduate from Middle Park High School’s Class of 2008. He was left partially paralyzed after he fell asleep at the wheel and experience a one-vehicle traffic accident this summer a short distance from his home. Due to the seriousness of

his injuries, he underwent several hours of surgery to save his life.

As the community welcomes Peterson home after he was released from Denver’s Craig Hospital, which specializes in rehabilitating patients suffering from spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, friends are doing what they can to help out their neighbor.

Highlights of the concert in his honor are live performances by Peggy Mann (with Larry Bacon and Ken Lund), Steve Cormey (possibly with Back Porch Light’s Larry Bishop) and Brad Pregeant ” musicians who have known Zack’s parents for many years. Mann said she simply wanted to put something together that would help raise money for the family and asked Cormey and Pregeant, whom she’s played with many times, if they would be open to joining her for the good cause.

Each will perform a 45-minute set and the show ends with a culmination performance of all three. There will also be a cash bar with wine and beer and chili supper for $6 (provided by the Grand Lake Rotary). All of the performers and food items have been graciously donated. “Everyone’s been so generous,” said volunteer organizer Maureen Delsing. “It’s been absolutely amazing.” Carey Barnes and the Daven Haven have put together the chili supper highlights, as well as the Waconda.

A “thank you” goes to Delsing for the time she has put into getting the event off the ground, as well as all the business owners who have contributed.

“They come to the rescue every time something is needed. You name it and they step up. We take care of our own in this little mountain town,” Mann said. “The expenses Suzi and Jimmy have incurred are simply staggering. We can only hope to put a dent in their costs.”

For those who miss this great opportunity to see three accomplished musicians from the area, a fund has also been set up at Grand Mountain Bank for donations to help the Peterson family. Donations for the “Zachary Peterson Fund” may be made at any branch or mailed to PO. Box 749 Grand Lake, CO 80447.

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