Business owners raise funds for family of woman killed in house fire

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Community members and business owners are rallying together to help the family of a woman who died in a fire early April. 

Ruth Ann Benson died in a house fire on April 3. Bars, where she and her husband were regulars, are raising money to help him with some of the expenses. People from all over the town are doing what they can to help make this a success.

For the fundraiser, there will a brisket lunch and a silent auction with items for everyone.

“Silver Dollar has donated a generous amount from concert tickets to gift cards,” Waterhole owner Britta Kent said. “A lot of gift baskets, we got five gallons of paint from Benjamin Moore, we’ve got tire sets, blankets, designer purses. Budweiser is donating, Coors light has donated, most of the local bars have donated.”

Even though there is no set goal for the amount of money they would like to raise, there is one thing Britta Kent said they want to accomplish.

“We don’t have a set number, but they are not releasing her body until he can make a payment to get that process going of getting her a final resting place, so that’s what we are trying to do,” Kent said.

It means so much to those who knew her and know her family to see the support from so many people

“It’s very humbling to know that this man who is not asking for anything,” Kent said. “People who don’t even know him are willing to help. There’s good-hearted people around.”

With all of these people giving their time and money, it will hopefully help during this very difficult time.

The silent auction will begin at noon Saturday and then they will start serving food at 1 p.m. at It’ll Do Bar.

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