The long-awaited opening of Buffalo Wild Wings at 3920 East Broad Street in the Town and Country Shopping Center in Whitehall was celebrated May 1 during a grand opening event that also served a good cause.
Attendees celebrated the fighting spirit of OSU football wide receiver Dan Potokar, 21, who was diagnosed last fall with testicular cancer.
Several area Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants, including Whitehall’s, had a silent auction at 8 p.m. to raise money in order to help the Potokar family with medical expenses. The Grove City resident is the son of Nanette Kinman and Dan Potokar.
On hand at the opening were Cynthia and Gary Kinman, Potokar’s aunt and uncle. Their nephew was in the process of receiving stem cells in Indianapolis after chemotherapy failed.
During the event, Cynthia periodically snapped photos with her cell phone to immediately send to Dan in his hospital room.
Gary described the cancer as an extremely aggressive one, but said that his nephew is very strong, is staying positive and maintains a strong faith in God.
"He has phenomenal spirit living for the moment on a high level. He’s joking, happy and worries more about all of us," added Cynthia Kinman.
Potokar works for the Kinmans’ landscaping company, and enjoys friendly sparring with his uncle over track records. Both were track runners at OSU, and he was always trying to break his uncle’s record.
"He still never beat my relay record," chuckled Kinman.
The pair said that Dan was a tiny baby, who grew up to be the biggest of the family’s kids.
They described their nephew as always an "A" student, and a loving guy who always ends a phone call or a visit by saying, "I love you."
The Kinmans expressed great appreciation to everyone for caring so much, and especially to Buffalo Wild Wings for sponsoring a fund raising effort to help their family in a time of need.