By Danya Hooker
About 250 people braved cold weather and slippery driving conditions Friday to show their support for the search for Stacy Peterson.
The event raised about $2,000 that will go toward search efforts for the mother of two missing from Bolingbrook since Oct. 28. Her husband Drew Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, has been named a suspect in her disappearance.
Lead organizer for the event Patrick Loome, a high school friend of Stacy’s, had hoped for a much larger crowd but said the event’s success was probably hampered by bad weather and holiday vacations.
“It didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped,” Loome said. “But, nonetheless, we still have the PayPal account on http://www.findstacypeterson.com and people are still donating from across the country.”
The event, held at On The Rockz, 1101 N. Independence Blvd., in Romeoville, included raffles, a silent auction, karaoke, two live bands and a jewelry vendor who donated 15 percent of her sales to the cause.
“It takes money to find people and if it was somebody from my family I’d certainly want other people involved,” vendor Patricia Greenlee said.
“There’s too many women not being found and we need to get to the bottom of this.”
The group also sold T-shirts with Peterson’s missing persons sign and “Bring Stay Home” buttons. The buttons were all bought and given away by Ric Mims, a friend of Drew Peterson’s before he sold his story to the National Enquirer.
Mims, who stayed with Peterson in the first weeks after his wife’s disappearance, now believes his former friend is responsible for Stacy Peterson’s disappearance and for the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
“My biggest concern is that Drew gets away with two murders,” Mims said.
Although Mims’ decision to sell his story to the National Enquirer angered many Stacy Peterson supporters, Mims said he did it to raise money for the search and is still involved in many search activities.
“We want to keep the press on Drew,” Mims said. “Right now he’s walking around with a lot of confidence.”
Stacy Peterson’s friends and family will hold a vigil on Jan. 20, which would have been her 24th birthday. A benefit concert is planned for March 2. Times and locations will be announced at a later date.
Patrick Loome, owner of SpungOut Entertainment and a high school friend of Stacy Peterson, runs karaoke for a fundraiser at On The Rockz, in Romeoville, Friday, Dec. 28.