• Gena Hardy

Grybowski Benefit Turkey Shoot set for Nov. 7

Ashley Grybowski

By Gena Hardy

For the Southwestern

SWOSU faculty members, students, and family will be hosting a benefit trap shoot for SWOSU student Ashley Grybowski, who was recently diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer.

The benefit will be held on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Clinton Gun Club located off Airport Road. The benefit will include a trap shoot, lunch, and silent auction. All proceeds from the event will go to the Grybowski family.

“I would like to thank everyone that has worked so hard to put this benefit together,” Grybowski said. “Everyone’s support means the world to me and keeps me going. I’ve just started chemotherapy treatment and continued prayers are greatly appreciated.”

The cost of the turkey shoot is $5 per round and will include meat prizes that have been donated by area businesses. The benefit will also include a silent auction with items donated by area businesses.

“Ashley is one of the greatest young people that I have had the honor of working with during my 23 years at SWOSU. She is a friend to everyone,” said Chad Kinder, SWOSU dean of the College of Professional and Graduate Studies.

Grybowski worked for Kinder as his student secretary for four years and she is a lifelong friend of his daughter, Natalie Kinder.

Kinder is assisting with the fundraising benefit for Grybowski and said anyone wishing to donate to the silent auction or volunteer could contact him at 580-774-3291 or Ryan Haggard, SWOSU Parks and Recreation Management Chair, at 580-774-7191.

“Lots of Ashley’s supporters will be working at the event. There will be faculty members from the SWOSU Education and Parks & Recreation Management Departments and lots of people from the Clinton and Arapaho area helping at the event,” Kinder said.

“Ashley is one of the most positive people I know and gets along with any person she meets,” said Ashley's brother, Corbin Grybowski, who is assisting with the benefit.

Grybowski was diagnosed in October with Stage four stomach cancer and is a senior at SWOSU majoring in Elementary Education. She was in Sigma Chi, Student Government Association, Kappa Delta Pi, and Gamma Delta Kappa.

“We hope that everyone can come out and support my sister Ashley this weekend, she just turned 21 and is an inspiration to everyone she meets,” Corbin Grybowski said. “My family and I would like to thank everyone who has donated, volunteered, and is planning to attend the event.”

Anyone who cannot attend the event but would like to donate can go to a Go Fund Me page set up for Ashley here.

You can also donate directly at P.O. Box 712 in Arapaho, OK 73601.

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