IMLAY CITY — Friends and family of the Kelley/Whitney family are banding together to host a fundraiser at the Eagles Hall on Sunday, March 10 beginning at noon.

On February 26 the Kelley/Whitney family home at Maple Grove mobile home park was destroyed by fire. Four children perished—their mother, father and 19-month-old sibling remain hospitalized from their injuries.

The fundraiser includes dinner, an auction, 50/50 drawing, raffles, a bake sale, homemade tamales and more.

The cost is $10 at the door. All donations will be given to the family to help cover medical costs, housing and household items needed as they recover.

“No amount of money can ever replace the love they lost when their children became angels,” says event co-organizer Sue Sump. “We just hope this will ease their troubles.

Sump says the community has already demonstrated their support and concern for the family. Anyone who wishes to contribute an item for the auction may do so by dropping their donation off at the Eagles Hall, noting that it’s for the Kelley/Whitney benefit.

“There has already been a tremendous outpouring of love and care from Imlay City, Almont, Dryden, Lapeer and from surrounding store owners and corporations,” Sump says. “We are grateful for any and all donations.”

For more information about the March 10 fundraiser, call the Eagles Hall at 810-724-1954. The Imlay City Eagles Hall is located at 170 S. Almont Avenue.

Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.