The fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Sunday, March 29 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.


Local organizers are hoping Wellington residents will open up their hearts and their wallets at a benefit luncheon Sunday, for three recovering accident victims.
The fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Sunday, March 29 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Sloppy Joes, chips, cinnamon rolls, and a drink will be available along with a table that will be full of baked goods for sale, organizer Pam Cornejo said. The meal will cost $5 per plate, with baked goods on sale as priced.
All money raised from the meal will go towards the medical expenses of three Wellington residents who are still recovering from their injuries after a recent car wreck.
On Saturday, March 7, a 2002 Chevrolet pickup carrying Darien Sisson, 18, Matthew Brown, 25, Brayden Popplewell, 19, and Curtis Metz, 22, crashed at 40th Ave. and Oliver Rd., Sumner County Sheriff Gerald Gilkey said.
The vehicle was traveling northbound in the 300 block of Oliver Road when it crossed the centerline and entered the west ditch, Gilkey said. The pickup then vaulted over 40th Ave., flipping two times and ejecting the occupants.
Sisson, Popplewell and Brown are still recovering from their injuries, Cornejo says, and it's likely all will need to go to rehabilitation centers to re-learn how to use their own bodies and to build strength back.
“I know for sure two are going to rehab somewhere else and the third one has been in and out of the hospital and there are still expenses there,” Cornejo said.
Brown is still in the hospital and just recently got off a ventilator, according to his carepages.com site.
Cornejo, a family friend of the Sisson's, knows first hand how much a fundraiser like this can benefit a family. Her daughter, Bailey, suffered a head injury from an accident almost a year ago and the community pulled together to help where they could.
“It's just kind of a way to pay it forward,” Cornejo said. “I just want to give back what everybody had done for us to make it easier on us and you just can't imagine how much it was appreciated and needed. I feel like I want to help them in some way.”
Jane Cole is undertaking the bake sale because she knows the family members and knows it will be a long road ahead for the three who are recovering.
“We’re just trying to make some money because I know these families have been up there for four weeks and I’m sure they could use some help,” said Cole.
Cole asks anyone who would like to donate to call her at 326-1333.
For those who can't attend the luncheon, medical expense funds have been established for Popplewell at Bank of Commerce, and Sisson and Brown at Security State Bank.