Tribune-Courier News Editor
GILBERTSVILLE – Eddy Hook’s life changed forever in April. Hook, a professional fisherman, was on the water as levels continued to rise during the flooding earlier this year. During the outing, Hook came into contact with a downed powerline. He suffered severe burns from the electrocution and, in the months that followed, doctors were forced to amputate both his arms.
“Eddy has lived here in Marshall County for a while,” said Jeanie Estes. Estes, along with some of the fisherman’s other Gilbertsville neighbors, is helping organize the Friends and Family Benefit for Hook.
“They had a benefit for him in Lyon County after it happened,” Estes said. “I felt led for Marshall County to do something. I didn’t know how the county would respond, but I’ve gotten so many good responses.”
The event is being planned for Sept. 24 at the Gilbertsville First Baptist Church. Live music, food and a silent auction will be held to raise funds for Hook and his family. Hook has a stepson and a baby due in November.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. with the auction ending at 5:30 p.m. Donated items for the auction are still being collected, and orders will be taken for plate lunches to go.
For more information, to place a dinner order or to donate, phone Estes at 493-1550 or 362-4765.