The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

March 17, 2013

Annual birthday bash grows: Remembrance for Gary Lamer slated for May

JOHNSTOWN — Gary Lamer lived by the philosophy that you should always give when you can because you never know when you will be the one who needs help.

It’s in his honor that the third annual Gary Lamer Birthday Remembrance Bash will be held May 3 at the Crow’s Nest in Tire Hill, and May 4 at the Woodside Bar and Grill in Belmont.

The event was started by Katie Lamer following the death of her husband, who died at 32 years of age on March 2, 2011, due to complications from pneumonia.

“This is a way for me to give back to a community that came together to help me when I had nothing,” Lamer said. “I want people to remember the type of person Gary was. He was kind and loving, and I don’t want people to forget him.”

The first event was held in May 2011 and raised more than $2,000, which allowed Lamer to give two $1,000 scholarships to students at Forest Hills High School, her husband’s alma mater.

The following year, she raised more than $5,000 and provided two $1,500 scholarships to the school as well as donated funds to local nonprofits.

“I never thought I would raise that much money. It’s just amazing to me. This community is full of amazing people,” she said.

This year Lamer decided to expand the birthday bash to two days, when people can come out and listen to live music provided by local bands.

“I just thought one day wasn’t enough and all these bands come and play for free and they’re original shows,” she said.

The bash at the Crow’s Nest will begin at 9:30 p.m. Cost is a $5 donation.

The event at the Woodside Bar and Grill will begin at noon and cost is a $10 donation.

T-shirts and memorial lanterns will be available for purchase.

In addition, all the money brought in from the second event will go to a local school’s music program.

“I’m hoping that students, teachers and administrators will send us videos and letters telling us why they deserve the money,” Lamer said. “I’m giving a minimum of $500, but hopefully it’ll be more.”

The contest is open to any school in Cambria and Somerset counties and a committee of Lamer’s friends will select the winner.

Deadline for submission is May 24 and can be emailed to ktlamer0707@gmail.com or sent to 265 Sell St., Johnstown, Pa. 15905.

“I’m hoping to make this bigger every year. I want to help other people reach their goals because Gary really worked hard to accomplish his goals,” Lamer said.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • District Deaths April 20, 2014

    April 19, 2014

  • Denne, Williams & Stanton Records hearing scheduled

    A Cambria County judge will consider complaints filed by two Johnstown residents seeking documents related to the city’s municipal waste water operation at hearing at the end of this month.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sen. Bob Casey Casey targets heroin

    The heroin trade has brought addiction, death, violence and theft to Johnstown and other Pennsylvania communities.
    Figuring out how to deal with those issues is difficult for local, state and federal officials.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drive-in to open with high-tech projector

    Drive-in movie theaters and the term “state of the art” seldom share the same sentence.
    But that will soon be the case for the Silver Drive-In, it’s owner said. The Scalp Avenue site, often marketed as a nostalgic summer night escape, soon will boast a high-end projector capable of displaying the latest and greatest blockbusters in razor sharp high-definition, theater owner Rick Rosco said.

    April 18, 2014

  • Sheetz work underway

    Earthmoving is underway at Richland Town Centre for a nearly 6,500-square-foot Sheetz store.
    And the real estate broker marketing the land says a 3,000-square-foot retail building will be built next door.

    April 18, 2014

  • Smith, Shakir Mosi Police seize heroin, money in Prospect

    Johnstown police reported that several bricks of heroin, along with $4,000 in cash and a handgun, were discovered in the city's Prospect neighborhood around 4 a.m. Friday. An arrest warrant has been issued for the man be­lieved to be the owner or renter of the two homes raided.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Comedy night targets serious problem

    Animal advocates are using comedy to take aim at a serious problem.
    The third annual Funny Fundraiser to benefit the Nardecchia Spay and Neuter Fund will be held at 8 p.m. May 16 at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

    April 18, 2014

  • Local briefs 4/19/2014

    April 18, 2014

  • Early morning police raid in Prospect area leads to arrest warrant

    Johnstown police reported that several bricks of heroin, along with $4,000 in cash and a handgun, were discovered in the city's Prospect neighborhood around 4 a.m. this morning.

    April 18, 2014

  • Home is Where The Tribune-Democrat is Delivered!

    April 18, 2014

Poll

Do you think that Jack Williams will get the 270 signatures from city residents needed in order to have a referendum placed on a municipal ballot to have the city's pressure test mandate repealed?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
House Ads