Benefit planned for girl’s needs— Local man seeks to be reunited with daughter

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Robert S. Gentz, a disabled, estranged father seeking custody of his 3-year-old daughter, Tia, has organized a benefit to help cover Tia’s legal and travel expense.

Gentz figures he has traveled about 2,200 miles for 10 hours of visit time, using his old car, to visit Tia, who is in the custody of the state of Iowa. Gentz said Tia cries the last 15 minutes of the visit, wanting to come home with him and see her pet dog, Venus.

“The 360-mile round trip and the emotional aspect leave me drained and exhausted,” Gentz said. “But if I could do it five times a week, I would.”

Gentz said his legal bill in fighting for custody of his daughter has exceeded $1,500. He does delivery work and is on Social Security.

The benefit will be Sunday, April 23, at JD’s Sports Bar and Grill at North Towne, 908 W. Riverside Blvd., from 7 p.m. to close. Pistol Pete and his band will perform. Admission is free, but donations are accepted, and there will be a raffle.

Many local businesses have donated gifts for the raffle. Cash donations are also accepted at all Alpine Bank locations; specify the “Benefit for Tia Gentz.”

From the April 19-25, 2006, issue

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