Fundraising total for former Craig resident adjusted
July 31, 2010
Brianna Braun said she estimated that last weekend's fundraiser for former Craig girl Hannah Sixkiller raised $25,000 for the family to use for expenses in treating Hannah's cancer.
When Braun crunched the actual numbers from the event this week, she found the benefit raised more than she originally thought.
A lot more.
The event, hosted at the Russell Community Park in Dixon, Wyo., included a roping and barrel racing competition, silent auction featuring more than 80 items, as well as concessions.
People also contributed with individual donations to the Sixkillers.
The end result: $43,000 to Hannah and her mother, Ryan.
"That full amount goes to the family," Braun said.
In June, Hannah, 7, was diagnosed with cancerous brain tumors. She has been undergoing treatment at Children's Hospital in Denver.
Braun said the roping and barrel racing competition brought in about $14,000, the silent auction $21,000, and the remaining money came in through concessions and donations.
"I think it was incredible what everyone did," Braun said. "We live in a such a caring community."
More than 250 people attended the event in Dixon, Braun said, adding that she thanks those who came out, event sponsors and community members for the various forms of support shown to Hannah and Ryan.
But, the Dixon event wasn't the only successful fundraiser on behalf of the family.
Brianna and Tyler Burkett, of Craig, have been selling cups of lemonade for 50 cents each in front of their home on Yampa Avenue.
The lemonade stand raised $1,892.37 during its five-day stint.
However, some people were contributing by giving more than just the cost of a cool beverage. Some donated money ranging from $20 to $100, their mother, Sarah Burkett, said.
Braun commented Friday on the Burketts' contribution.
"That's pretty good for kids running a lemonade stand," she said, calling her comment an understatement.