Truckin’ for Ronnie proceeds presented to Dayton hospitals

DAYTON – A portion of proceeds raised from the Truckin’ for Ronnie memorial benefit, held in September in Darke County, were presented to the Dayton Children’s Hospital and Kettering Medical Center (KMC) on Tuesday.

The inaugural event was on Sept. 23 in York Woods as a memorial for 16-year-old Ronnie Bowers, II, a former Mississinawa Valley student, who tragically lost his life as a result of a gunshot wound last September in Kettering.

Ron Bowers, local trucking company owner and Ronnie’s dad, says he chose KMC because they were the ones who tried to save Ronnie’s life on that tragic day and Dayton Children’s Hospital because most everyone takes there kids there for treatment.

He and his wife Amanda presented each hospital with a check for $1,750 that will go to the Med Surg Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) at Kettering Medical Center and the general fund to be properly distributed at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Bowers says he plans to start up a memorial scholarship at Mississinawa Valley with the remaining proceeds. He plans to fund two students with $1,500 to help with their plans after graduation.

He looks forward to another successful fundraiser in 2018 and hopes even more funds can be raised to help honor the memory of Ronnie.

PHOTO CAPTION: Ron and Amanda Bowers (right) presented checks to Franki Meier, Donor Engagement Specialist Foundation from Dayton Children’s Hospital (left), and Susan Faulkner, Director of Donor Services from Kettering Medical Center Foundation (center). (Clinton Randall photo)

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