Friday, September 12, 2014

Fundraiser for family of violent crime victim

A fundraiser on Friday will benefit Jodie Jackson-Guynup, the wife of Bob Guynup, who was tragically shot in the head on Sept. 13, 2009.

Here's the story from the Aug. 28 Record about Jodie and some of the struggles she's faced since Bob was shot and left in a permanent vegetative state -- unable to talk, walk, or eat by himself. Jodie was at the scene of the crime, and had to testify multiple times at the trial for Ariel Myers, eventually convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Jodie has three children, two of whom still live at home. Bob was the primary source of income and health insurance for the family, who now faces financial and emotional hardship.

The fundraiser is being held at Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Center on Central Avenue in Albany. A jewelry store seems like an odd place for a fundraiser, but this one was actually built with that purpose in mind.

The large store is the only jewelry store in the state with a liquor license and has a bar right in the same room as all the sparkly things. Friday, the proceeds from the cash bar will go to the Guynup family. There will also be a raffle, featuring prizes like a wine tasting for up to 40 people hosted by the store -- a $1,400 value.

The jewelry store has a wall of tiles, each decorated to represent a cause they have contributed to with a fundraiser. 

The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Admission is free.

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