To help raise money for Anna Angel, a mother who lost her five children and her boyfriend in a trailer fire last month, a benefit spaghetti dinner and concert is planned to kick off at noon Oct. 26.
The event will last until midnight and will feature 11 bands, a poker run, raffles and a bake sale. It's all set to take place at the Tiffin Eagles.
Catherine Boes, who has been organizing the event with the help of a few others, said she came up with the idea Sept. 16, the day after the tragic fire. Her mother, Pat Boes, is a co-worker of Angel's.
"It needed to be done," Catherine said. "I just couldn't imagine the situation."
All proceeds from the event are to go to Angel, who plans to purchase a home and set up a scholarship donation with the Tiffin Charitable Foundation, Pat Boes said.
"She wants to give back to other needy people through charity," Pat said.
If you go
Admission for the concert is $5. Kids 12 and younger are free.
The spaghetti dinner, which starts at 4 p.m., is $8 for adults and $5 for kids.
Registration for the poker run begins at noon and all street-legal vehicles are welcome. It is $15 per person or $20 per couple.
Catherine said she expects at least 1,000 people throughout the day Oct.26, especially with the amount of talent expected to perform.
"We've got a heck of a line up here," she said.
Bands include the Mongrels, Cruise Control, Soul Pilot, Martin Koop, Brazin Bull, D & R, Mike Risner, Voodoo Nation, Joel Starkey, Mars and Backroads Band.
Catherine said Seneca County Agency of Transportation will be available for rides.
Pat, who has been in contact with Angel, said Angel is very appreciative for the community's efforts in raising money and providing donations.
"She's amazed at people that contribute that she doesn't even know," Pat said. "She's overwhelmed with how much people have done for her."
Pat said Angel, who has good days and bad days, is eager to return to work and is looking for a new home. Pat is helping her find the right one.
"She wants something in the country," she said. "That's our next project."
Pat said donations are still being made to the Anna Angel Fund at U.S. Bank, some from all over the world.
"I'm proud of my community and everybody that's come forward," she said.
Right now, Angel is in need of furniture, some appliances and kitchen gadgets, Pat said.
For more information on the Oct. 26 benefit, visit the Angel/Fresch/Huey Benefit event page on Facebook. Any business wanting to donate items for the raffle should contact Catherine at (419) 934-7399.