Special pizza fundraiser Saturday aids injured Pacer Colton Schirmer


It was a cool fall evening on Friday, October 6th, as the Switzerland County Pacer football team squared off in a road game against North Decatur. A few plays into the contest, Pacer freshman Colton Schirmer would suffer an injury that he continues to battle back from to this day.

And this Saturday, Switzerland County and the surrounding communities are invited to join in that fight.

While a patient at Riley Children’s Hospital, Colton was visited by members of his football family; and during that visit, which was being recorded as a part of a television story about his injury, Colton mentioned that he wanted his favorite pizza from his favorite store – the Vevay Shell station on Main Street.

The request made its way onto the report, which was seen by Joe Stephenson and other members of the Stephenson family – owners and operators of Vevay Shell. Joe then mentioned the request to the person who delivers for Hunt Brothers Pizza, the company that has its brand of pizza served at Vevay Shell and across the country. The driver relayed the story to officials at Hunt Brothers – and a cause was born.

With the cooperation of Vevay Shell and the Hunt Brothers corporation, this Saturday, December 16th, a special fundraiser will take place in Vevay for the benefit of Colton and his family.

From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, 100-percent of proceeds from the sale of Hunt Brothers Pizza at the Vevay Shell will go to Colton Schirmer – and Hunt Brothers Corporate Headquarters has pledged to match the sales total with a donation, doubling the impact of the day.

“Along with that, Hunt Brothers has agreed to match any other donations that we receive on Saturday,” Joe Stephenson said. “Our goal is to sell 600 pizzas, which, after Hunt Brothers matches it, would get us to our goal of raising $12,000 for Colton. We will have jars out for additional donations, and Hunt Brothers will also match those donations until we hit the $12,000 goal.”

Because of the expected rush of customers, Joe Stephenson said that Hunt Brothers is bringing in two additional pizza ovens to help with the demand, as well as a refrigerated truck to hold the supplies needed for such an undertaking.

After a stay at Riley, Colton is currently at Especially Kids, a care facility located in Shelbyville, Indiana. Colton’s mom, Beth Schirmer, has had to go back to work after being off with her son, but said that he’s working hard to get better even as he adjusts to being in Shelbyville, away from home.

Beth said that today (Thursday, December 14th) Colton is being transported to Louisville, Kentucky, where he will be evaluated for admittance to the Frazier Rehabilitation Center – one of the finest rehab facilities in the Midwest. If he is accepted there, he will be moved from Shelbyville in the near future, and having him in intensive rehab in Louisville will not only make it easier as family and friends travel to see him; but the level of rehabilitation will hopefully accelerate his recovery.

Pacer football coach Ryan Jesop, who has been immersed in the situation since the night of the accident, says that money to assist the family has come in from many different football programs throughout the state; and so far as a community more than $13,000 has been raised.

This Saturday, the community has the opportunity to push that figure even higher.