MORE DETAILS ON HOW YOU CAN HELP PETER WHITE, HIS MOM, JEAN, AND HER TENANT VICTIM OF THE RECENT HOUSE FIRE — AND WHY YOU SHOULD … EVENT AT CHAMELEON’S TUESDAY DEC. 27 FROM 7-??? … PLANET TO AUCTION OFF TWO PRICELESS TREASURES!!
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011) — Peter White? Let me tell you about Peter White.
His mom, Jean, has just lost her home and her beloved pets. It’s right before Christmas. There are questions about an inoperable fire hydrant that might have been a factor in the loss of building and life, questions that have prompted anger in others? So what does this man do?
He sends message on Facebook and to THE PLANET, thanking people for their kindness and reminding them that his mom’s tenant, Charles Ellsworth, who also lost much in the fire, doesn’t have enough money to pay for his moving expenses. THAT, my friends, is Peter White. In the midst of his own personal pain, he reaches out on behalf of others.
Thank You, Peter White, for Your Kind Spirit
Thank you, Peter White, for your kind spirit, which has graced this community for many years. And folks, whatever you can do to support the fundraiser being held for Peter’s mom and her needy ex-tenant, please do so.
Here are the full details, from the Benefit for Pete White and Family Facebook page, as posted by event organizer Andy Poncherello:
This is a community event that will feature a variety of musical entertainment as well as a raffle of generously donated items from individuals and merchants throughout Pittsfield and beyond!
Suggested donations will begin at $10, but any amount is appreciated and will be accepted.
Thank you to Chameleon’s for hosting and the performers for donating their time to this cause.
Please share this with friends throughout the community, it’s impossible for everyone to know everyone.
Scheduled list of performers (this list is subject to change):
Comedienne Lease Marie DJ Bob Heck DJ Chuck Wright DJ Friz
Between the Banks Dreimz Rebel Alliance
Even the Odds Amerikkan Citizens The Poncherellos
One Bright Day Forever Autumn The Brothers Damaged
A fire fund has been established for the victims of the Plunkett Street fire today to assist the two families that were affected by the fire. The gifts will be used to assist Claudia Jean White and Charles Ellsworth whom resided at that residence. People may send gifts to the 25 Plunkett Street Fire Fund c/o The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, PO Box 1076, Pittsfield MA 01202 or visit any of the Pittsfield Coop Branches. The fund is being organized by Tanya Mullin and Peter Marchetti so people may also contact them for more information. Tanya may be be reached at 413-443-5092 and Pete can be reached at 413-212-2163. A benefit will also be held Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Chameleons from 7 pm to ?????
THE PLANET shall be contributing two items for auction:
* A Gift Package of six book by Dan Valenti: Cities Journey, Grapefruit League Roadtrip, TJ: My 26 Years in Baseball (with Yankees star Tommy John), Talking on Air (with Voice of the Red Sox Ken Coleman), Under a Grapefruit Sun (best seller), and Spring’s Third Day. All books are autographed.
* Life on The Planet: Dinner with Dan: You will be bidding on dinner with Dan Valenti. The winner(s) shall have him at their mercy as a captive audience for dinner at one of the city’s fine restaurants. This is your chance to harangue, debate, consort, or otherwise hang out with the man who has been described columnist Felix Carroll of the Albany Times-Union as a “one man mob scene.”
We would now like to post this note from Andy Poncherello, who is organizing and promoting the fundraiser.
Dan, the reason I decided to help Pete, his Mom and Mr. Ellsworth (who I don’t know), is simple. Ever since returning to Pittsfield and reconnecting with Pete, he’s been as supportive as he possibly could with all of my ventures, whether it be the record store or other larger events I was doing around town.
It’s hard to be everywhere all the time, but Pete does a pretty good job showing support wherever he can in Pittsfield and it’s not just about getting votes because if it were, it wouldn’t be sincere. I believe Pete is sincere and he’s showed that to me, which is funny because he’s not even my ward rep, I am in 1 he is in 2, but we live a block away from each other. We know many of the same people and they all seem to be rallying around him in this rather trying time.
One time when I needed to get my wife to work and I ended up getting her car stuck in the driveway due to the major snow (and illustrious plowing job by city contractors), I couldn’t shovel out the car because my asthma was causing me extreme breathing problems. I went on Facebook and asked if anyone could help get her to work and within 5 minutes, he called me and asked me what time she had to be at BMC. I said 7 and he said “well, I have to be to work at 8, let me take care of the dog, take a shower and I’ll be there in 15 minutes.” He showed up as promised and got her to work for 7:30am on a day where I should’ve gone to the ER myself for breathing.
Things like that and the use of his Triple A one day for a tow are two reasons why I would do whatever I could to help Pete, his Mom and Mr. Ellsworth. Most importantly, Pete’s a bowler and that goes without saying, bowlers help other bowlers
Without question I called Don at Chameleon’s and asked him if he’d do the benefit and he said absolutely. I have been successful at organizing events (that sometimes could have better success ) and since this is my strength started working on this benefit event that will include many friends, neighbors and strangers who know of the work Pete and his Mom have done for Pittsfield and will continue to do.
Let’s Do Our Best to Put a Happy Ending on this Event
At the end of It’s a Wonderful Life, the town of Bedford Falls rallies to save the life of George Bailey. It’s the kind of schmaltzy Hollywood ending, much mocked, that nonetheless plucks the strings of the noblest instincts of the human heart. THE PLANET urges everyone to help right a good ending to this story for Mrs. White, Mr. Ellsworth, and, above all, Peter White, the “George Bailey” of Pittsfield.
We thank everyone who can and will help.
TOMORROW, WITH THE HELP OF GUEST CORRESPONDENTS JOE PINHEAD, MOLLY, THE STOOLEY, AND PERHAPS A SURPRISE GUEST OR TWO, THE PLANET SHALL GIVE YOU YET ANOTHER STORY THE BB IS TOO AFRAID TO PUBLISH — WHAT’S REALLY BEHIND THE “NEW TENANT (AKA STRIP MALL/SHOPPING CENTER) ON THE PEDA SITE … AND WHY IT’S NOT TIME TO BRING OUT THE DANCING GIRLS OR POP THE CHAMPAGNE. UNTIL SUCH TIME, WE SAY …
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.