On February 27, 2012, a school shooting took place at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, when a gunman killed three students and injured three others. One of the teenagers lost in the violence was 16-year-old Danny Parmertor.
Parmertor had just started working at Ernst Lanes, where local business owner Dave Deck bowls league.
"Danny Parmertor was a new employee working his first job at Ernst Lanes, where I co-sponsor the Saturday Night Mixed Couples League," said Deck, owner of Spear Electric Company. "Unfortunately, he never got the chance to collect his first paycheck."
Deck helped with a fundraiser for The Chardon High School Memorial Benefit Fund, as he urged members of the community sign his Tek-Craft Hydroplane Outboard Racing Boat to support the cause. More than 200 people signed the boat, which was part of a two-day event that raised more than $14,000 for the memorial fund. Mayfield Collision Centers applied a special clear-coat protectant on the boat to preserve the signatures.
"I hope that when race fans see all those signatures on the boat, they will understand the impact of the tragedy on Chardon and be inspired to continue to raise money for the Memorial/Scholarship Fund," Deck said.
Ernst Lanes proprietor Joe Ernst continues to encourage remembrance of the shooting victims. For more information on The Chardon High School Memorial Benefit/Scholarship Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.ernstlanes.com.