For six years, the owners of Son's in Quarryville have been helping the community, so when they found out that a local auctioneer was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in April, they wanted to do something to help.Son's has decided to donate 50 percent of all the proceeds from the sale of banana splits that are sold from 2 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, to Larry Whyte, who came home to Kirkwood on Tuesday after being in a rehabilitation hospital for a few weeks.

The well-known auctioneer who owns Whyte's Auctions at 7 S. Hess St., Quarryville, was seriously injured April 23 after a car pulled into the path of his motorcycle at Kendig Road and Route 272 in Willow Street.

"Larry's always helped different people in the community," said Scott Mencer, whose son and daughter, Jason Mencer and Sherry Fleischut, own the ice cream shop at 319 W. State St. He's in a time of need and we figured that's a way for us and the community to really help him out."

The reason Son's chose banana splits to raise money, said Mencer, is because it's a big seller.

"Sunday is always a big banana split day," he said.

Ever since news of Whyte's motorcycle crash was heard, the southern Lancaster County community immediately began showing their support.

The Southern End Community Association in Quarryville had a game stand at Summerfest in Memorial Park July 12 and raised $600 for Whyte and his wife Barbara.

A "Benefit Bike Ride and Gathering" was held for the Whytes Saturday. Harvey England Jr. of Peach Bottom, Whyte's stepson, organized the event, which started at Herr Foods in Nottingham and ended at the Robert Fulton Fire Company in Wakefield.

About 84 motorcycles registered for the 65-mile ride and more than 100 ended up at the fire hall, said England.

"It was more than we expected," he said.

The fire company ladies' auxiliary sold food to more than 200 people who came out for the event, said England.

A benefit auction is being held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Hoffman Building in Quarryville.

Grant Kirsch of Marietta, Whyte's nephew, is planning the benefit, along with other family members.

Donations of items are being accepted for the auction until Aug. 14.

The auction will feature gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. There will also be food for sale

Anyone who would like to donate an item call 615-2185.

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