Friends and family of Brent and Emilie Hanson, with the support of Modern Woodmen of America Youth Service Clubs, raised over $13,000 for the Hanson family through fundraising events in late September.
Emilie's husband, Brent, was killed in a motorcycle accident last month.
"It was inspiring to see the community pull together and do so much for one person," said Hanson. "I am grateful for the hard work and generosity, the giving hearts and love given from this community.
"We are really held up by the community and we are really grateful," she said.
Hanson has five children—Joseph, 9, Abrahm, 8, Abby, 6, Gideon, 3, and Hannah, 8 months.
The rough totals for the fundraisers are:
° Silent auction raised $5,468
° Zumbathon raised $506
° Potato bar dinner $2,658
° Live auction $1,890
° Balloonist Stacy Smith $160
° Todd Krumenacker raised $900
° Miscellaneous $300
Four Modern Woodmen of America Youth Service Clubs each raised $500 that matched funds. The silent auction, Zumbathon, potato bar benefit dinner and the live auction were the four funds that each received matching funds.
The tally of funds raised was $11,882. After the matching funds from Modern Woodmen were added, the amount raised totaled $13,882.
"It was inspiring to see the community pull together and do so much for one person," said Hanson. "I am grateful for the help."
Leaders of the four Modern Woodmen Youth Service Clubs that participated are Natalie Bigler, Michele Butikofer, Larinda Nichols and Lindsey Hendricks. They expressed sincere thanks to everyone who has helped.
Stephanie Leavitt helped with the potato bar, said Butikofer. "We wouldn't be able to it without her."