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Tooele fund-raiser today for Olympian Palmer

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GRANTSVILLE — Tooele County residents will gather today to celebrate and assist a hometown Olympian.

"Amy Christiansen Palmer Day" will commemorate Palmer, who starred in the shot put and discus at Grantsville High before becoming a national standout at Brigham Young University. She qualified for the women's hammer — a new event at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games.

Scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at Grantsville City Park, the celebration will double as a fund-raiser. Organizers are hoping to raise $15,000 to assist with travel expenses for Palmer, her coach and her husband as they go to Australia next month for the Olympics.

Activities at the event, 150 E. Cherry St., will include mini-Olympic competitions, a live auction and a karaoke stage.

Tooele Valley Medical Center has donated $5,000 to "The Olympic Account" — a special fund established for Palmer at the Tooele Federal Credit Union. AT&T is also involved through its "AT&T Family Program," which provides discount packages, including airline arrangements, accommodations, hospitality and tickets, for family members of U.S. Olympians.

Contributions and donations will be presented to Palmer at 5:30 p.m. Groups or individuals interested in making contributions can send checks in Palmer's name to P.O. Box 949, Grantsville, UT 84029.