SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
Anna Maria Elementary School students gather around
resource officer Pete Lannon after he showed up at
the pasta dinner fund raiser held in his honor Thursday.
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
HOLMES BEACH The communitys response to news
that Anna Maria Elementary School resource officer Pete
Lannon is battling pancreatic cancer has been swift and
generous, according to those who organized fund-raisers
to help his family.
The pasta dinner organized last Thursday at St. Bernard
Catholic Church raised more than $13,000 said Joy Murphy,
one of the organizers. Proceeds from the childrens
area at Bayfest on Saturday, which were earmarked for the
fund set up at Wachovia Bank, topped $2,500, according to
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce President Mary Ann
On Sunday, Danielles Day Spa in Bradenton Beach opened
to offer massages, manicures, pedicures and other treatments
with all the funds going to the Lannons. Danielle Sewal,
who organized the event, said they raised $2,400.
A group called Petes Teens, middle and high school
students who graduated from Lannons DARE (Drug Awareness
Resistance Education) program when they were in the fifth
grade, held a car wash at Holmes Beach City Hall on Sunday.
They raised $606.61, according to Chris Hanula of the Holmes
Beach Police Department who helped organize the event. She
said they were amazed at the turnout.
"One lady came up and said she didnt want her
car washed, but she gave us a check for $100," Hanula
said. "A couple from Michigan, who own a hospice there,
brought in their rental car to have it washed. They didnt
know Pete, but read about the fund raiser in the paper and
said they had a lot of cancer patients that they cared for
and wanted to give."
Island restaurant owner Ed Chiles and Bob Carter have promised
to match the $3,000 raised from both of the Sunday events.
In addition, residents have been depositing money in the
account at the bank in Holmes Beach on their own or bringing
money to the school for the account, according to school
On Monday, Murphy deposited $10,000 from the account at
Wachovia to Lannons personal account, so that the
family would not have to worry about money during Petes
treatment. While he has insurance from his job on the police
department, his income is limited and his wife, Debbie,
has had to spend time from her job to take care of him.
Still ahead is a walk-a-thon for the Lannon family on Saturday,
Nov. 18, at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria, organized by the
Holmes Beach Police Department and friends of Pete, including
Julie Krokroskia. The walkers will gather at 9:30 a.m. and
the walk to the elementary school in Holmes Beach starts
at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served at the school.
"Were looking for former students and people
in the community who know him to sponsor or participate,"
Krokroskia said. "Its all about showing support
Their slogan is "Put Your Feet on the Street for Pete."
The Holmes Beach Police Department has sponsor sheets available
for participants. For information, call Hanula at 708-5800,
ext. 240, or Krokroskia at 778-5447.