Corvette to be raffled in benefit

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Gwen Mount is the 19-month-old daughter of Tom and Jennifer Mount of Columbus.  She was diagnosed with Propionic Acidemia at three days old.  She is pictured sitting in the car that will be raffled off on Sept. 29 to benefit PAD.  Behind her is grandmother and cousin, Debbie Buck and Claire Howard.

Those who attended Get Behind The Badge event in Whitehall in August probably saw a beautiful 1969 orange Corvette Stingray Coupe in the car show.  

The vehicle started out as a restoration project for Eric Yazitch and Steve Palmer of Columbus.  But they have decided to turn it into a fundraising vehicle for Tom and Jennifer Mount, neighbors of Yazitch who have a 19-month-old daughter, Gwen, who suffers from Propionic Acidemia (PA), a rare disorder inherited from both parents.

The car will be raffled at the second annual Cornhole Tournament and Tailgate Party for PAF Sept. 29 at The Goat, the community center at 6400 Preserve Crossing, Gahanna.  

The disorder often means frequent trips to the hospital.  On Sept. 11 Gwen, who was diagnosed at three days old, was admitted to the hospital via the emergency room for the 22nd time.

Her mother shared that this is a common occurrence.

The disorder’s victims cannot break down parts of proteins and some types of fat, causing a build-up of dangerous toxins and acids, which can cause damage to the organs.  

It can damage the brain, heart, liver, cause seizures and delays to normal development like talking and walking.  

The PA Foundation is dedicated to finding improved treatments and a cure for PA by funding research and providing information and support to families and medical professionals.

The fundraising event will begin at noon.  The first place team will win $300; second place prize $200, and third place is $100.  There is a maximum of 64, two-player teams with a $50 registration.  Tournament will be a double elimination, four bracket setup.

Throughout the day, there will be many auction and raffle items given away.  The Corvette drawing will be the highlight.  Tickets are 1 for $10, 3 for $25, 10 for $75, or a full book of 25 for $195, and are available through the Central Ohio law firm of Yavitch & Palmer. Only 5,000 tickets will be sold.  Second prize is $500 cash.  

Checks or money orders should be made out to "Y&P" with a reference to "PA Raffle" on the memo line.  Send payment, along with name, email address, and phone number to Y&P, 511 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.  

For information, call 224-6142 or log on to www.gwenforacure.com.

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