Logan “Warrior” Bergman's Saturday kicked off with a big surprise shared with his friends — a limo ride headed to a party.

Logan “Warrior” Bergman's Saturday kicked off with a big surprise shared with his friends — a limo ride headed to a party.

Friends, family members and supporters from throughout the community gathered together Saturday, Sept. 29 for a benefit event at the American Legion Post #55 to assist Logan and his family with ongoing and future medical expenses.

Logan, 13, has held a smile on his face through more than 30 surgeries since he was 12 days old. Inside the American Legion, Logan beamed as he enjoyed some of his favorite gummy snacks — and his mother, Leigh Ann, had a big smile on her face as well.

People came from across town and across the country, with visitors hailing from Pawhuska, Okla., site of “The Pioneer Woman” Ree Drummond's store and hotel.

“We have people here that we met on a little trip that we took over the summer to see the Pioneer Woman — which is his favorite thing in the world — and they drove six hours to come today,” she said. “We have people from everywhere.”

Inside the American Legion, visitors checked out silent auction items, t-shirts devoted to Logan and had a meal.

Leigh Ann Bergman said numerous local organizations, businesses and individual donors teamed up to bring the event's activities together. Outside, bubble machines poured hundreds of bubbles into the air. A petting zoo, bounce house, face painting, a corn trailer and a cornhole tournament drew participants of all ages. All of the events and donations went toward helping a young man who embodies the nickname “Warrior.”

“It was pretty cool,” Logan said.

Logan was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart disorder when he was five days old. During the first five years of his life, he developed hemophilia, a seizure disorder and autoimmune deficiency. Previous heart surgeries have damaged Logan's organs — he will need a liver and heart transplant to prevent further damage.

Chace Massie, 10, said he enjoyed the chance to hang out with his friends at the event and make a difference for Logan and his family. He said it looked like a lot of people worked hard to bring the event together.

“I think it's a great thing that everyone is coming together to support Logan and his family,” said Annie, Chace’s mother.

“I'm excited for the silent auction, because it looks fun, and it will go toward Logan,” Chace said. “It makes me feel kind of like a hero. ... It will make me feel happy if people will donate money to him, because he needs it a lot.”

Logan's teacher, Zach Campbell, organized the cornhole tournament and a live auction. The sun shone down throughout the afternoon, despite previous forecasts calling for rain. “There's a lot of people here, it's a beautiful day for it, luckily,” he said. “The big man upstairs is looking out for us, I think. He knows it's a special day for Logan.”

Campbell said that Logan's positive attitude in class helps make teaching really enjoyable. He said he was glad to arrive early to see Logan's “super excited” reaction as he arrived in the limo with his friends.

“That's what it's about, putting a smile on his face,” he said. “That's what this is all for, helping the family out and making Logan's day. He definitely deserves it.”

trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com