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Benefit Concert Helps Local Woman


Reporter: Parker Slaybaugh

Madison Heights, VA - A benefit concert Sunday in Madison Heights raised money for a Buckingham County woman whose husband tragically died.

Fred Perutelli II, 53, of Gladstone was killed in April on Route 29 when a car ran into him and a state trooper. The trooper was helping pick up furniture that had fallen off Perutelli's truck. Now Perutelli's wife, Pattie, is picking up her life and starting over.

Organizers of the fundraiser don't even know Pattie but say they wanted to help. Organizers saw Pattie for the first time on our newscast. In May, she sold many of her personal belongings just to keep her house. That struck a chord with some local musicians.

"I saw this lady who had to sell all of her stuff to keep her house. She had made a home with her husband who she just lost. It just broke our hearts. We just wanted to reach out and help her," said Robie Godfrey, organizer of the benefit concert.

The event was held at Wings, Pizza and Things in Madison Heights. Godfrey says the local music scene is filled with compassionate people who always rally to help someone in need.

"It just lets her know that people out there love her and care about her and understand that she is going through a hard time. Money problems are just half of it, there is also the emotional turmoil that she is probably going through," said Godfrey.

All proceeds collected from the concert will go straight to Pattie Perutelli.

Anthony Krysiewicz brought his family to the event. For Krysiewic, this is all about teaching his son a life lesson.

"For people to come out and show support for a family in need that's phenomenal, and my son is two-and-a-half, and I want him to be around things like this so he has good influences on him, like from bands like Blackout who are donating their time for a good cause and that's great and I want him to learn that," said Krysiewicz.

The afternoon kicked off with performances from the band Blackout followed by the band Out of Spite and Surrender.

Cheryl Moore's son plays in one of the bands. She is happy to see the bands donating their time. She says it teaches her younger son how people come together for someone in need.

"He's been through some of this in our family so he understands that family and friends really help when someone passes away, and so we let him know we care about people and this is what we do," said Moore.

The event raised around $300, but the band says they are not done yet. If you would like to make a donation, there is still time. You can make a donation by contacting Out of Spite through their web site.

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