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West pre-schooler raises more than $80,000 to rebuild park


A West pre-schooler, whose father died in the deadly plant explosion, raised more than $80,000 to rebuild a park in his father's honor.

Saturday hundreds turned out for the hot dog lunch fundraiser in and more than 2,000 hot dogs, chips and cookies were donated and sold.

No one knows how much money it's actually going to cost to rebuild the park but there were t-shirts; CD's and baked goods for sell along with a silent auction, all going on to raise money for Parker's Park Project.

The Parker's Park Project t-shirts were sold within the first 30 minutes of the event. Volunteers started taking orders for all the people who wanted one.

Joey Kolar was good friends with Parker's dad and helped put on the event.  He says the turn out was more than he imagined.

"It's really overwhelming and to see everybody's support for us to be able to do something for our kids as a community is just been beyond imaginable," said Kolar.

Four year old Parker Pustejovsky came up with the idea to rebuild the only public park in the city. That park, sits directly across the street from the destroyed plant. The other two parks in town are on school campuses and are locked up leaving kids nowhere to play.

Kolar says Joey Pustejovsky would be proud of his son.

"Joey is here right now with us. He is smiling down and he's saying that's my boy, because Joey would have been doing the same thing," said Kolar. "he would have been here in a heartbeat helping everybody out and for parker to follow in is footsteps to carry on that legacy it speaks volumes."

Family, friends and hundreds of volunteers helped put on the hot dog lunch fundraiser. There was music and food and even bounce houses to keep all the kids entertained.

There were also a few surprises. Several Baylor athletes came out to show support and a Dallas based company, Shermco Industries, donated more than $20,000. 

CEO and President of Shermco Industries, Ron Widup says they wanted to do what they could to help out.  

"We have close associations down here," said Widup. "We have an employee that lives here and we're friends of the community and so when were heard about parkers projects we thought what better way to give back to the community then to buy a hot dog for a couple thousand bucks."      

"It's ultimately about getting our kids back out there to have something they can do," said Kolar.

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