AN Community Service: Time To Help Jon Wilhite

Two months ago today, the A's began their season. Two days later, a car crash took the life of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two of the three other passengers in the vehicle. The lone survivor in the car, Jon Wilhite, was a teammate of Kurt Suzuki's at Cal State Fullerton and faces a long, expensive road to recovery - and what "recovery" means is not yet fully known.

AN would like to support the efforts of Kurt Suzuki and his wife Renee, who have set up the Jon Wilhite Recovery Fund to help pay for the significant expenses that lie ahead in what figures to be a long and difficult recovery process for Wilhite. I want to emphasize a focus not on the amount of money raised, but rather in the number of individuals who choose to participate. Not everyone can give $100.00 but everyone can give $5.00 if they wish to participate. If enough of you are generous enough to take the time to participate, we will undoubtedly raise a fair amount anyway.

If you would like to add to the number of ANers participating, and would like to support Jon Wilhite's recovery, what you need to do is simple. Mail a check, payable to John Wilhite Recovery Fund, of any amount, to

Jon Wilhite Recovery Fund c/o
1152 Euclid Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94708

I will total up the number of participants, and the amount raised, before sending the donations on to be deposited in the recovery fund account.

My advice is that if you intend to participate, send your donation now rather than putting it on your "I'll get to it later" list. As daily life gets in the way, it's easy to forget the things you kept being able to put off until tomorrow. I'll report back in a couple weeks when it's time to send the donations on; for now let me thank, in advance, those who will participate and thank Kurt and Renee, Orlando and Katie Cabrera, and many others who have stepped up to help Jon Wilhite in the wake of this tragedy.

Jordin Sparks sings around 10:00pm tonight and word is there also might be a baseball game 4 hours before that. See you then.

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