A mission to forge a positive memory of Sereniti Jazzlynn-Sky Blankenship Sutley
William A. West
CONNEAUT_A Benefit for Holiday Angels Loving Others in honor Sereniti Jazzlynn-Sky Blankenship Sutley was held Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Amboy United Methodist Church in Conneaut. Bobbie Blankenship and Melissa Sutley put together the heart-felt benefit. About 60 people attended the event.
“Sereniti has left us here on earth. We would like her memories and love to continue. This benefit is for HALO in her name and all proceeds will go to HALO,” benefit spokesperson Jamie Diller said.
This inaugural event raised $1,212, a box of toys and lots of love. The dinner consisted of rigatoni, meatball salad, bread, drink and dessert. The 50-50 raised $228; the winner received $114 and he returned the winnings to the benefit. There were 73 Chinese auction items, Cleveland Browns tickets, $50 VISA Card and numerous baskets full of goodies.
Contributors included Evergreen Campgrounds, Nassief Auto Group, Arcaros, AutoZone, Shred Rite, Print Craft, Giant Eagle, J.R. Hofstetter, The Family Jeweler, Morris Flowers, Catch 22 Tattoo, Houligans Tattoo, Heavenly Creamery and Chris Bilbrey. Additional contributors were Amy Hall, Joni Tackett, Tracy Brock-Mills, Tricia Nagle, Kelly Kramer Photography, Sherry Lynn, Grocery Barn, Golden Dawn (Conneaut and Jefferson); Kathy Pallaise and her kitchen staff.
“We are in the works starting our own non-profit organization. This benefit in Sereniti’s is only the first. We are excited about what the future may bring.I don’t want her name always connected to tragedy…she will be a hero,” co-organizer Sutley said.
Benefit co-organizer Blankenship delivered the $1,212 raised and a box of toys to HALO Monday.
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