Anya Tikka | Democrat
Fishing Club members and Colton Kelty’s friends Jake Halter and Louis Tanbini with Bonnie Padua (right), Fishing Club advisor and event organizer.
Eldred softball tourney goes to bat for injured teen
Story by Anya Tikka
ELDRED August 13, 2013 After Colton Kelty, a 16-year -old Yulan resident was seriously injured while rock-climbing on the cliffs near Roebling Bridge July 18, the community has rallied to his support and Sunday held a day-long fundraiser softball tournament day at Eldred High School on Sunday.
One of the main organizers of the event is Kelty’s friend Nick Wyss, also 16, who said, “He [Colton] is part of the Eldred High School Fishing Club. I am the president and have been friends with Colton throughout my entire life. I couldn't help but take part in being a friend when it mattered most, through his pain as well as the family’s recovery. Other members of the club feel the same way and so we decided to do this softball tournament fundraiser.
“We wanted to help offset the medical expenses, although this will put a minimal dent in things, it is always great to know so many people are thinking of you.”
In mid-afternoon, up to 300 people had already come to the tournament, said the Fishing Club advisor and Eldred High School science teacher Bonnie Padua who was serving food in one of the stalls. “Most of the food was donated,” she explained.
The tournament was divided into two sections, adults and teens with trophies for the winners and runners-up. Each team paid an entry fee that benefitted the fundraiser.
Kelly Kelty, Colton’s mom said, “he sustained serious injuries, and had to be airlifted to Scranton Geisinger Trauma Center. He had surgeries, and a full recovery is expected.”
Colton didn’t want to comment or be photographed, although he was present and walking about with his friends during the day.
Kelly Kelty expressed her profound gratitude to all the EMT teams, and the members of the community who have helped and supported the family. Kelly and husband Pat have three other children, Lyndzee (14), Chatt (12), and Lenae (10).
Anyone who wishes to help the family with medical expenses can contact Bonnie Padua on 570-647-5946.