Benefit for hit-and-run victim Oct. 1 at Whiskey’s Roadhouse

By Amanda McNally

Family and friends of Kelli Cipolla, will be throwing a benefit and Poker Run in her honor from 10 a.m. to bar closing time, Saturday, Oct. 1 at Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St., Rockford.

Kelli, 23, was in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident on July 3, 2011. After weeks of hospital care, it was decided on July 19 that her leg would have to be amputated. The damage was too great to keep the limb. The muscles and nerves were mangled, the skin was gone, and most of her bone was left at the scene, leaving very little for doctors to put back together, and Kelli had no choice.

After numerous operations, battling infection, withdrawal, phantom pain, insomnia, depression, and learning a whole new way of life, Kelli, a single mother, and her 2-year-old son, Andrew, have finally made it back to each other’s arms. Although Kelli will have to learn new ways of life, she also has to earn a living. Formerly a waitress, she is now faced with yet another challenge – finding a job in a troubled economy.

The goal is to help Kelli Cipolla make her road ahead a little easier. To help her afford a prosthetic leg, the Oct. 1 benefit, titled “Raisin’ a Leg for Kelli,” will include several door prizes, raffles, entertainment and dinner.

Raffles will include a 43-inch TV, a night out on the town, a blu-ray player, and many other incredible items and gift certificates donated by local merchants.

Poker Run registration begins at 10 a.m. with the last bike out at 11 a.m. Cost is $15 per bike, $5 for a passenger.

Entertainment starts at noon. The last call will include Silver, Shifty Shafer, Harlan Jefferson, Smokin’ Opies and Black Damage.

Dinner will be all-you-can- eat pasta, salad and bread. Tickets will be available for $7.99 adults, $4 children ages 5-12, and children younger than 5 eat for free.

Donations can be made to: Kelli Cipolla, 1925 Ridge Ave., Rockford, IL 61103, or via PayPal on the Facebook page: Raisin’ a Leg for Kelli.

Together, we can help Kelli “get back on her feet” again!

Amanda McNally is a friend of Kelli Cipolla and organizer of the event.

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