2018-08-30 / Front Page

North Saco supports injured neighbor

By Abigail Worthing Staff Writer


All proceeds from community-donated bake sale and farm stand were donated to Phillip Bowley of Saco who was injured during an accident at Beach Ridge Motor Speedway earlier this month. (Abigail Worthing photo) All proceeds from community-donated bake sale and farm stand were donated to Phillip Bowley of Saco who was injured during an accident at Beach Ridge Motor Speedway earlier this month. (Abigail Worthing photo) SACO – Two local farms, Grant Family Farm on McKenney Road, and Leary Farm on Flag Pond Road, donated proceeds from their farm stands last weekend to help with the medical bills for a valued neighbor.

Phillip Bowley, a Saco native and 2007 Thornton Academy graduate, was injured in an accident at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway’s Day of Destruction on Aug. 18, experiencing injuries to his back and neck. Bowley has been a lifelong friend to both the Grant and Leary families, and both chose to run a weekend-long fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25 to aide in the medical expenses accumulating for the Bowley family.

“Phil is a good friend of my oldest son, Kevin, who is the driving force behind our vegetable sales, and we’ve known the family forever,” said Leary Farm owner Tim Leary. “Phil has done a lot of mechanical work for our family, so we’re happy to give back to him in any way we can.”

While Leary said he couldn’t put an exact dollar amount on what they usually raise in one weekend, he said that after this weekend’s fundraiser, Leary Farms stands to make a sizable donation to the family.

Along with the donation of farm stand proceeds, Grant Family Farm also hosted a bake sale to fundraise for the cause, with a large homemade sign heralding traffic to “Come show Phil some support.” Vanessa Grant, wife of owner Ben Grant, manned the table on Saturday morning with her two children, Cameron O’Donnal, age 10, and Richard Grant, age 5. The two boys worked the lemonade stand and bake sale table, donating their time and tips for the cause.


Far right, as part of a fundraiser to help with medical expenses for Saco resident and Grant family friend Phillip Bowley, Grant Family Farm held a bake sale all weekend, complete with a lemonade stand. Proprietor Ben Grant’s two sons staffed the bake sale and stand. At left, Richard Grant, age 5, who manned the lemonade stand, and Cameron O’Donnal, 10, who worked the cash register. All proceeds and tips were donated to the cause. Right, inside Grant Family Farm’s 24 hour farm stand, visitors could leave a note of encouragement for Bowley along with a donation. All proceeds from the farm stand were donated to Bowley’s medical expenses following an accident during the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Day of Destruction. (Abigail Worthing photos) Far right, as part of a fundraiser to help with medical expenses for Saco resident and Grant family friend Phillip Bowley, Grant Family Farm held a bake sale all weekend, complete with a lemonade stand. Proprietor Ben Grant’s two sons staffed the bake sale and stand. At left, Richard Grant, age 5, who manned the lemonade stand, and Cameron O’Donnal, 10, who worked the cash register. All proceeds and tips were donated to the cause. Right, inside Grant Family Farm’s 24 hour farm stand, visitors could leave a note of encouragement for Bowley along with a donation. All proceeds from the farm stand were donated to Bowley’s medical expenses following an accident during the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Day of Destruction. (Abigail Worthing photos) “It’s been really amazing to see the community come together. Phil lives just down the street, and neighbors have been stopping by to drop off baked goods or donations. We’re lucky to live in a community that is so supportive,” Grant said. “It’s only a little after noon and we’ve already raised about $300.”

The Grant Family Farm houses a 24-hour “honor system” farm stand for passersby to stop and pick up a selection of seasonal vegetables. This weekend, however, there was the addition of a donation box for Bowley, as well as a place where people could leave messages for the Bowley family.

“You know, as a mom, I knew we had to help,” Vanessa Grant said. “They’re a regular family, just like us. Anything helps in a situation like this, so we wanted to do what we could to help out friends in need.”

As Bowley recovers, family and friends have contributed to a GoFundMe account set up in his name, which is being updated with progress reports on Bowley’s condition. It has raised $1,690 since its creation Aug. 19.

“I’m just sick about it,” Leary said. “It’s a tragic thing, and we’re all doing what we can do help them out.”

Those who wish to make a donation can do so on the Phillip Bowley GoFundMe page.

Contact Staff Writer Abigail Worthing at news@inthecourier.com.

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