John Carney hoped 100 people would attend a fundraiser for Cape Coral resident Aaron Pfuhl. He almost got that wish.

Carney, owner of Carney Properties and Investment Group, wanted 100 people to attend the $100-a-ticket event benefiting his construction supervisor, who lost part of his right leg when he was hit by a drunk driver Feb. 6.

Eighty-six people attended the Nevermind Kitchen of Care Tap Takeover, just short of Carney’s goal. But the March 29 event raised $10,500, which topped Carney’s goal of raising $10,000.

The event at Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery in Cape Coral featured Beastie BBQ and open beer tasting by Fat Point Brewing Co. All proceeds help with Pfuhl’s medical expenses.

Nevermind chef/owner Shannon Yates presented Pfuhl with the check Wednesday. Joining Yates and Pfuhl at the restaurant at 927 E. Cape Coral Parkway were Carney; Char Mohr, Carney’s assistant and new construction concierge; and Denise Carney, office manager for Carney Properties.

 “We do a lot of charity work for all kinds of stuff throughout the year” through his Kitchen of Care fundraisers, Yates said. He recently held benefits for the daughter of a Fort Myers Police Department officer and an equine therapy program.

Police say Pfuhl, 43, was struck on Feb. 6 by Joseph Scafuri, 60, who is accused of driving under the influence, causing injuries and property damage.

Friends and co-workers at Carney Properties in Cape Coral have rallied around Pfuhl, an Ohio native who has worked for Carney for about 1/2 years. They remodeled his home with fixtures donated by Lowe’s to make it handicapped accessible and have organized another fundraiser that will take place May 30.

And John Carney has promised to donate $5,000 from every Carney-built house he sells in the next year. Carney oversees sales, new construction and rental management.

“I want to raise $500,000,” declared Carney, who recently sold a West Indies-style home at 3909 Surfside Blvd. that he finished in March.

Pfuhl has returned to work but because his job is so physical, he is manning a desk for now.

He’s undergoing physical therapy and got a temporary prosthetic leg two weeks ago. Laura Ryder of Ryder Orthopedics Inc. is building him a responsive computerized leg, which could cost as much as $90,000.   ~ News Press