Benefit for burned boys raises $10,000

Dec 1 2012 - 9:42pm

PERRY-- A fundraiser to benefit four boys burned last month in a gasoline fire achieved its $10,000 goal.

The event, held Friday night at The Peak, a preschool and gymnastics facility, featured pictures with Santa, a silent auction, games, a bake sale, entertainment, helicopter rides, local vendors and fire safety instruction.

Mardi Obray, the owner of The Peak, said about 2,000 people attended, which enabled organizers to reach the $10,000 goal.

"We wanted to raise enough to make a significant difference to the families," she said Saturday night. "That was our goal."

Five boys sustained burns while playing with several gasoline cans outside of a home on South Linda Way in Perry.

One of the boys apparently used a lighter to start the fire, according to Perry police.

Four of the boys -- Tayton Winward, 7; Kayden Godfrey, 8; Tyler Bergman, 10; and another boy whose family wants to remain anonymous -- were taken to the University of Utah Hospital's Burn Center.

Winward is the only one to remain hospitalized. He is in the burn center's intensive care unit. The fifth boy's injuries were less severe, and he was treated locally.


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