Co-workers of injured town employee Perry Polderman have been overwhelmed with the response they have received for an upcoming dinner to help him recover from injuries sustained in an early September motorcycle accident.
For the past few weeks, tickets for the Saturday, Oct. 20 dinner have been sold in the town clerk's office. In addition, his co-employees in the Public Works Department and custodial staff have sold tickets for the past two Saturdays near the transfer station where Polderman has worked as attendant.
In addition to tickets, they took donations as well. People were so generous it's added up to about $3,000 said Tom Richardson, president of the R1-198 chapter of the National Association of Government Employees.
"The response has been awesome," he said.
The dinner is set for 4 to 7 p.m. at the Canton Community Center Saturday. About 120 tickets have been sold and organizers are planning for about 200. The $20 tickets will be available at the door and kids under 10 are free. Due to the large crowds expected, Richardson asks people to cycle through when they are done eating if others are waiting for tables.
Any leftovers will be donated to the Senior and Social Services Department for local families.
There will also be a table for cards and donations for Polderman.