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      Vista event aims to help others while honoring loss of Midlands business man

      William Cauthen, a manager at Flying Saucer, now sees one plate and remembers a good friend, Jeremy Letton, who recently passed away from kidney disease.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- If you ever go to the Flying Saucer in the Vista, it's inevitable you've noticed the decor.

      Plate after plate represents regulars who have sampled 200 beer. On many of the plates you can find quotes and phrases.

      William Cauthen, a manager at Flying Saucer, now sees one plate and remembers a good friend, Jeremy Letton, who recently passed away from kidney disease.

      "He was always the center of attention, and rightfully so. I don't think anyone could be in the same room with him and not smile. He truly was one of the most enjoyable people I have ever dealt with," said Cauthen.

      Jeremy owned the Garden Bistro on Gervais.

      "The customers and the clientele they have is because of him, he was the first person they would see when they walked in and he would shoot off a one liner," said Cauthen.

      Cauthen decided he wanted to honor a friend who always did so much for others, so he reached out to Samantha Wood, who works for the National Kidney Foundation.

      Wood also knew Jeremy and is helping to organize an event called "Carolina Brew & Q."

      "We've got a lot of volunteers coming out for the day of, and we will be there getting people excited for the carnival because that's where the donations for Jeremy will come from for the National Kidney Foundation," said Wood.

      The event will be Saturday on Senate Street outside of Flying Saucer.