It's been nearly two months now since Max Conner slipped and had a terrible fall, causing serious injuries to his head.
It's been a time of hospitalization and frequent trips to Great Falls for treatment. The 81-year-old Havre resident has more than 40 staples in his head, and he still has fluid on his brain, which doctors are keeping a close eye on. But he is improving, and he and his family are hopeful.
"He's feeling much better," said his daughter, Nora Connect.
While Medicare has taken care of many of the bills, the incidental bills have added up, so Conner's family will be holding a benefit in his honor 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Club.
For a free-will offering, people will get a spaghetti dinner and entertainment from the Milk River Band
There will be a silent auction, and the family is still collecting items to be auctioned off.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is contributing money to the effort.
Max has lots of friends from over the years, and some will want to take part in the fun, Nora said.
A Chinook native, Max sold insurance in Havre for several decades and made many business and personal friends.
Since his retirement, he has been active in a host of community projects, she said.
He was been very active in the Giveaway House, which provides clothing to people in need.
He is an avid gardener, she said. Last year, she added, he planted more than he needed and donated the extra food to the Havre Food Bank.
Although he has done lots for other people, he wasn't very fond of the idea of having a benefit for himself, Nora said.
But he finally agreed, she said.
For more information about the Max Conner benefit, or if you would like to donate funds or items for the silent auction, call 357-2885 or 945-1068.