Customers of a landmark Hudson Valley diner are helping out a newborn whose father was killed during his gender reveal.
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In February, New York State Police in Sullivan County responded to a residence on the Lt. JG Brender Highway in the town of Liberty for a report of an explosion.
An investigation revealed that 28-year-old Christopher Pekny from the town of Liberty was building a device to be used at a child gender reveal party.
Pekny was killed when the device exploded. His brother was injured. Pekny was the father-to-be. He was building the device for his unborn child's gender reveal party.
The Pekny family owns Robin Hood Diner on Old Route 17 in Livingston Manor. The diner opened in 1955. The Pekny family purchased the diner in 1980 and has been operating the family business ever since.
Pekny's son was recently born, sources told Hudson Valley Post in an email. To honor his memory and support his son, Chris Jr., customers came up with the plan to host a motor show with proceeds going to the family.
Christopher Pekny's Annual Memorial Motor Show is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Robin Diner. All show motors cost $20.
"Anything with tires and an engine are welcome," a flyer for the event states. "Food and beverages will be served. 50/50 raffle and prizes. All donations are welcome."
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