Benefit raises money for injured Hamburg man

Item photo by Shea Singley One of two bands that performed during the night.
Item photo by Shea Singley Chinese Auction items lined the wall.

Shoemakersville Fire Company Banquet Hall was packed with people enjoying a night of food, raffles, auctions and music all for a good cause. All proceeds from the night went to help pay the medical bills of Aaron Wentzel.

Wentzel, 28, of Hamburg, was critically injured in a snowmobile accident that happened in Centre Twp. on December 17, 2013. While out with a group of other riders, he fell off of his snowmobile and was struck by another snowmobiler. Following the collision, Wentzel was flown to Reading Hospital where he was treated for severe head and leg injuries.

Tables lined along the wall of the banquet hall were filled with various items to bid on in the Chinese Auction. Live music was provided by The Barren Wells and Holy Smoke. Throughout the hall, people were catching up with friends and having a good time helping to raise money for someone who touched many lives in the area. A small shop in Hamburg requested for get well wishes to be sent to Wentzel and there was a recovery update page set up for him as well shortly after the accident.

The community came out once again to fill the hall and have a fun time during the eight hour benefit for a great cause.


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Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.