Helping hand

A local football coach needs your help. Phillip Collier, who is known to many youth as Coach Phil, has been battling acute pancreatitis. A chicken barbecue benefit will be held on Saturday with proceeds going to Collier.

The benefit will be held from 4 to 10 p.m., with a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue, a 50/50 raffle, a lotto board, bake sale, silent auction and live entertainment. The event will be held at the Conservation Club, 1 N. Mullet St., Dunkirk. A DJ will provide entertainment from 4 to 7 p.m., and karaoke will follow. The lotto board will be another raffle, according to Victoria Fred, a friend of Collier.

“It’s a poster board that’s going to have a bunch of lotto tickets on it. You can buy a raffle ticket to try to win the board of lotto tickets,” she said.

Collier, who has been a city resident for over two decades, first became ill in mid-December. He was put into a medically-induced coma for over three weeks. Shortly after waking up, he was diagnosed with pneumonia but was discharged from the hospital shortly thereafter. Once at home, his condition deteriorated and Collier was forced back to the hospital with a collapsed right lung. Collier is back at home currently recuperating.

He has been employed at Cliffstar and Fieldbrook Farms for many years and has two daughters, Kadijah and Jelissa. He has assisted in coaching the Dunkirk Midget Football program and has been involved with MAD DADS organizing back to school programs for children in need.

“He’s a hard working and caring guy,” Fred said.

The Conservation Club is donating alcohol for the benefit with draft beers costing $1. Fred is also looking for donations for the silent auction or baked goods for the bake sale. She said any donation will be gratefully appreciated and can be dropped off prior to the event or the day off. Contact Fred to make arrangements. All proceeds from the benefit will go to Collier and his family. Collier is unable to work and does not have medical insurance. Pre-sale tickets for the chicken dinner at $8 and $10 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Fred at 410-6170 or Pete at 499-4094.

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