More donations being sought for baby benefit

Kathy Cuthbertson, along with workers at the Fort Frances High School cafeteria, are looking for more donations and volunteers for a meatball and peroghy benefit dinner for David and Jennifer Marr of Emo on Jan. 25.
As reported in last week’s Times, the couple’s new baby, Benjamin, was born prematurely back in November at 24 weeks and four days, weighing just one pound, four oz., and the family has been spending most of their time in a Winnipeg hospital.
“I’ve seen what our community can do so easily for people,” Cuthbertson said. “We wanted to do whatever we could do to help them.”
The benefit will be held in the FFHS cafeteria beginning at 4:30 p.m., with dinner running until at least 7 p.m. There also will be a silent auction, live entertainment, and a kiddie fish pond.
Cuthbertson said they are looking for donations—items for the silent auction, as well as monetary, prize, or food donations.
“If anyone has any Christmas gifts that they don’t want, it would be great to donate them,” she noted. “Unused Christmas gifts often make wonderful silent auction items. . . .
“We’ll take anything!”
Cuthbertson added they also need someone to co-ordinate the entertainment for the evening. They’ve had many people offer to perform; now they just need someone to ensure it runs smoothly.
“We’ll be pretty busy in the kitchen so if someone could help out with that, we’d appreciate it,” she noted.
Cuthbertson said anyone who wants to help out is more than welcome. “We just want to make it a fun, family night to help out a really great couple,” she remarked.
Benjamin, who was born Nov. 10, is now doing quite well and weighs more than three pounds.
“He’s fighting every day and he’s getting bigger and stronger, and his chances are way better than at the beginning when they weren’t sure whether he’s make it through the night,” Marr noted in a December interview.
Cuthbertson, meanwhile, said ticket sales for the benefit already are going well and they are hoping to prepare dinner for 500 people. Nearly 250 can be seated in the cafeteria at a time, and they plan to keep the tables clear as people finish eating and more arrive.
Tickets, which cost $20 for adults and $10 for students, are available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts and Crazy Lady Fabrics in Fort Frances, and Cloverleaf Grocery, Tompkins Hardware, and Norlund Oil in Emo.
For more information about the upcoming benefit, to buy tickets, or to offer donations, contact Cuthbertson (274-7511), Jennifer Jourdain (274-0159), Stacey Bragg (486-3424), Katie Galusha (482-2857), Ann Flamand (274-4294), or Vickie Kennedy (274-3975).