A fundraiser for the Unger family, who tragically lost their four-year-old daughter, Brooklyn just over a month ago after she was dealing with a rare non-cancerous tumour in her jaw has brought in $8,200.
Organizer Allie Okino feels that organizing the fundraiser, including a dinner at Frontier Eatery & Saloon was made easier by the generosity of the people of Grande Prairie.
“We had both a silent auction at the event and also one on Facebook. That part went extremely well. The money we were able to raise will help provide some financial support and relief for them right now, which means a lot.”
The family is extremely grateful to everyone who helped out in any way knowing how tight finances are for a lot of people right now.
“There are so many different causes to get behind. Kids have our hearts and we’ve got to look after our own. Everybody’s going through a battle. Again, I didn’t know this family but clearly, a lot of people care about them,” she says.
Okino has been in touch with the family throughout the process and she read a statement written by the families affected. July 17th marked one month since Brooklyn passed away.
“On behalf of the Unger, Ostrom, and Edey families, we want to thank everyone from our hearts who donated items for the auctions and bid on the two different auctions. For everyone who attended the steak and lobster dinner, we’re beyond grateful. Also, we received a lot of compassionate messages from some people who couldn’t help financially, those are appreciated as well,” she adds.
Okino and the family are especially grateful to Frontier Eatery & Saloon for all their help in terms of hosting the fundraiser dinner on July 9th.
“I can honestly say at this point, I consider them a part of my family. They are just amazing people.”