Wolfpak Martial Arts Raises Money For Family After Tragedy

  • 5/19/2019 1:46:28 PM
  • Ingrid Schmidt
  • Local News

MOUNT GILEAD, OH- Wolfpak Martial Arts hosted a fundraiser on Saturday to benefit the Boggs family of Shelby.

Josh Boggs and his family was in a tragic car accident on May 5 that killed both his infant daughter and his 12-year old daughter.  Owner of Wolfpak Martial Arts, Sam Wolf, said that the all of the proceeds of the event will go to the Boggs.

"We are fundraising for Josh Boggs and his family," Wolf said.  "His wife is still in the hospital with serious injuries. She has not awoken since the accident.  His son is injured. I don't know the extent of all the injuries of his son. I know his step daughter was also injured and so was he.  However, he is up and walking. Unfortunately, I believe he's the only one walking at this point."

Chief Martial Arts Instructor at the Delaware YMCA and Financial Advisor, Kurt Hildebrand, said that the event both raised money for the family and helped to spread the word about other the family and other ways to donate.

"With every instructor that comes in, they have students of their own.  Those students interact with their own families, their own schools during the day, that spreading the word in this manner is very effective," Hildebrand said.  "Diverting all of our attentions, especially as a unit of 10, 12, 15 schools can be a very effective way to just to get people to throw $5, $10, $15, $50 dollars even into the hat and that's been the main focus, just letting people know that there is a pot you can throw money into for this family."

A Facebook fundraiser already raised $8,000 for the family according to Hildebrand.  Now people are encouraged to donate money to their GoFundMe page.  For those who prefer to write a check, Hildebrand said, "if you want to walk in directly to Mechanics Bank in Mansfield, Ohio and donate to The Boggs Family Charitable Donation Fund, you can walk into any location and donate directly."

Wolf said that the Boggs family means a lot to him personally, and Josh Boggs is a close friend.

"Josh has been a very good friend for quite a while and a fellow martial artist.  It just means a lot to stick together. There are only a few martial arts instructors in the area.  He has done a lot for the community as far as bringing the martial arts community together and we want to show the support for him," Wolf said.

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