Motorcycle from fallen Montco vet to benefit children
A fallen Montgomery County veteran's treasured motorcycle will be sold this month - and the veteran honored - at a fundraising event for a children's seashore retreat in New Jersey.
The organization, Children's Fresh Air Home in North Wildwood, will honor Navy SEAL Eric F. Shellenberger, a 36-year-old who died in 2009 during a night training dive near Bremerton, Wash.
Shellenberger was in the Marines and the Navy for 18 years, serving seven tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to his obituary. He grew up in Lansdale and attended North Penn High School.
The Children's Fresh Air Home is a nonprofit home that has given more than 20,000 children throughout the Philadelphia region a place to get away from the daily challenges they face. The March 27 dinner will raise money to make critical repairs to the house, according to a statement.
Shellenberger's parents got involved after learning about a money-raising event for motorcyclists the group has called "Ride to Rebuild." Giving their son's motorcycle to the Children's Fresh Air Home seemed a natural fit, said Vince Hubach, vice president of the group's board.
The new foundation of the restored home will be dedicated this spring in Shellenberger's memory, group officials said.
- Carolyn Davis