William C. “Chris” Pettry Jacksonville Cares Fund

For: Karen Pettry
Organizer: John Deffes
of $25,000 goal.
Raised by 182 donors
29% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

William C. “Chris” Pettry was murdered in Jacksonville, Florida, Sunday morning, October 7, 2012. The citizens of Jacksonville wish to show they are united with Mrs. Pettry and her family in this most tragic time. One way for us to do that is to put our money where our mouths are. It is not enough to say, "I am sorry for your loss." We are sorry, but now we need to show that sorrow in a tangible way. Karen Pettry is a stay-at-home mom. Chris had his own business and provided for the family. Through a violent, senseless act, Chris can no longer provide for Karen and their three children. I told Karen the citizens of Jacksonville "have your back." And you all are steady provin' it! Please give her a helping hand. It doesn't matter what you can give. $5, $10, $100 - it doesn't matter. Do what you can do. We can't bring Chris back, but we can maybe ease the sting of his passing on Karen and the kids. Thank you.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 17, 2012 by John Deffes
Well, it appears we have lost momentum, folks.  The news cycle is short these days.  If I knew how to get it back into the news, I would, but I'm at a loss.  We still have almost two weeks, and hopefully something will break loose and get us back in front of the public. 

No matter what happens, I am grateful for all the donations, the giving of your time and your facebook pages, and many of you told your friends in face-to-face conversations.  Thank you. 

Posted on October 15, 2012 by John Deffes
Yeah, Jax!  Passed $7,000 in one week!  Keep it coming!  Spread the word! 

Posted on October 15, 2012 by John Deffes
Well, you all just continue to amaze me. Thanks so much for stepping up and helping! This is a good cause you're helping out with, and once again I want to remind everyone that every dollar collected here goes straight to Karen Pettry's PayPal account. In other words - THERE IS NO MIDDLE-MAN!


Posted on October 12, 2012 by John Deffes
Jacksonville - thank you so much for making this happen.  I knew you all would come through.  Please continue to spread the word as best you can.  I'd really like to see us make our goal of $25,000, but donations really kind of lost momentum yesterday.  I'm afraid that the only way donations will pick back up again is if Karen Pettry talks to the Jacksonville media.  It seems she is not ready to do that. 

Nevertheless, thank you all for getting us up over $6000!  That is an incredible accomplishment in 4 days.  You did this Jacksonville - not me.  I just came up with the conduit to make it possible.  If I hadn't, I know one of you out there would have.  As you can see, when we put everything else aside, and think and work like a team, we can come together and make a huge impact. 


Posted on October 12, 2012 by John Deffes
Hi friends!  Just a quick note.  A very kind young woman has started a "Florida Bears Care" facebook page.  Check it out and be sure and click, "Like"! 


Posted on October 11, 2012 by John Deffes
Some people have, in a sort of indirect way, questioned my motive for starting this fundraiser.  This does not really bother me.  Whenever any person attempts to do something outside of their normal routine, questions are natural. 

So why, John?  Why Chris Pettry and his family?  Monday morning I woke up and did what I always do - read the local newspaper.  I saw the article about Chris' murder.  I wanted to give some money to the family when I read about Karen and the kids.  I went looking for a way to do that, but didn't find one.  So I made one. 

My motive?  My wife and I have worked our way, over the past 3 months, one chapter per week, through a book by Bill Perkins called The Jesus Experiment.  Each week the book challenges you to look at certain aspect of your life and your relationships with others and square them with Scripture.  There are a series of questions and motivational techniques at the end of each chapter.  One chapter we had just recently completed was Help Others Unexpectedly. 

If it helps, my motive, and the plan of the book, is to become more like Jesus.  But I'm not here to preach at you.  I used to do that.  Now days I just tell people to pick up the gospel of John and read it.  But before you do, as sincerely as you can, ask God to show you the truth.  Just make a simple prayer like, "God, show me the truth about Jesus.  I'm going to read John's gospel and I want to know the truth.  Is Jesus the truth?  Amen."  Keep it simple, but truly be seeking the truth. 

When you're done reading, come back and let me know what you found out.  Thank you. 

Posted on October 10, 2012 by John Deffes
Wow! You all are so impressive! We're almost to $3000! There's more coming though, and I know Jax will keep stepping up and swinging. Spread the word! Karen and the kids are going to need a lot to sustain them as they work through this tragic murder of their husband and father. THANK YOU ALL!

Posted on October 10, 2012 by John Deffes
Sweet! We just blew up $3000! Wonder if I know that Randy that pushed us over?

Posted on October 10, 2012 by John Deffes
Wow!  Jacksonville you are amazing!  We blew up $4000 within a few short hours of shoving $3000 to the mat!  Rock on, J-ville peeps! 

Posted on October 10, 2012 by John Deffes
We are supposed to be on Channel 12 at 5:00.  I did an interview with Mike Lyons earlier today.  He's a good guy.  Our wives have known each other for years as they used to teach at the same school. 

Anyhow, I don't care for the media stuff, but I do it because I know it'll bring in more cash for Karen and the kids.  Personally, I'd rather just fade into the background and go back to my normal worries like my son in Afghanistan, am I being a good husband/father, Christian, etc.  Plus, honestly, I just wanna ride my dirt bike.  But I'll tell ya, I'm impressed with Jacksonville.  When I started this, I knew, if given the chance, Jacksonville peeps would do their part to help set this tragedy on a path to healing.  Karen and kids have a long road ahead of them, but working as a team - we have made it just a bit easier on them.  THANK YOU.

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