Stateline business plans Shasta benefit

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2005

Cruisers, a “drive-through” bar and grill for hot rods and motorbikes at Stateline, Idaho, has an outlet for people who want to help Shasta Groene and exercise their animosity toward her alleged kidnapper.

On Sunday, Cruisers will be selling tickets for people to swing a sledgehammer into a totaled car donated by Spalding Auto Parts, said Cruisers owner Sheri Herberholz.

Money raised from the event, which includes a silent auction, Luigi’s Italian food and live music, will go toward a trust fund for Shasta Groene, an 8-year-old kidnapping victim. Her mother, two of her brothers and her mother’s live-in boyfriend were slain.

Herberholz said an attorney is setting up a trust fund for Shasta at Washington Trust Bank. A motorcycle club of retired police officers and firefighters, called the Renegade Pigs, are handling the silent auction, she said.

“The bikers are a unique brotherhood,” Herberholz said, noting that Shasta’s father, Steve Groene, is a biker. “When something happens to one of them, they take care of it.”

The fund-raiser starts at 1 p.m. Sunday. To donate to the auction, call Herberholz at (509) 217-1937.


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