Bruce Corrigan, the owner of the O'Shucks and Ahh Sushi bars and restaurants in Park City, has known Hughes Martin for more than 15 years.

They met at Park City Mountain Resort when their children were racing with the Park City Ski Team.

"Every winter, we would stand next to the racecourses and watch our kids go through them," Corrigan said during an interview with The Park Record. "He, himself, was also very active and a great skier."

Martin, whose livelihood was real estate, used to give Corrigan tips regarding the local markets.

"He was a great community member, and I would see his name in The Park Record all the time, because he was such an over achiever in the real estate business," Corrigan said. "When my wife Debra and I built the Ahh Sushi in Quarry Village, Hughes became a regular customer."

As time went on, Corrigan began noticing subtle differences in Martin's motor skills.

"He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and for years we watched his health slide to the point where we would have to help him into the restaurant, and for the past couple of years, he has been bound to a wheelchair," Corrigan said. "It's gotten to the point, however, where he can drive, but doesn't have a vehicle that facilitates using his wheelchair."

So, the restaurant and bar owner decided to help his friend out with a fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to help buy Martin a car.

"Hughes recently found a Honda Fit, a vehicle that he can use with his wheelchair," Corrigan said. "So, we're putting on this event to see if we can, in a sense, give him his mobility back."

The event will take place at Ahh Sushi in Quarry Village from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

"The format will be a sushi/cocktail party with silent auction," Corrigan said. "The auction will feature services and products that have been donated by community members. We'll have a lot of sporting goods, clothing and handmade items.

"We're still accepting donations and will still be accepting them up to the night of the event," he said.

Donations can be made by calling Corrigan (435) 640-4499.

Although Hughes' health has declined, he still has a great attitude, Corrigan said.

"Hughes is the most positive person in the world," Corrigan said. "Anytime you ask him how he's doing, it's not just 'OK,' but 'Awesome!' or 'Great!' I certainly refer to my staff and say if he can have a positive attitude, anyone can."

Corrigan says the fundraiser is another way that his establishments can serve the community.

"Our restaurants have always been about the locals and not the tourists, so we felt this would be a great opportunity to help one of our own out," Corrigan explained. "Hughes' family grew up in the community and his children are all away at college right now and he really needs some support.

"Not only will this help Hughes, but it will also help gather a lot of folks we don't see as much as we used to because we aren't standing on the side of the racecourses anymore," he said. "This is a small community, and I've noticed when someone needs a helping hand, everyone steps up to help."

Bruce and Debra Corrigan, owners of O'Shucks and Ahh Sushi, will hold a benefit party and silent auction for Hughes Martin at Ahh Sushi, 8178 Gorgoza Pines Rd., at Quarry Village, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance at the O'Shucks bars on Main Street and Quarry Village. Reservations can also be made by calling (435) 640-4499.