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Event to Raise Funds for Fire Victims

by on November 02, 2012 4:35 AM

Twenty-some people lost their homes and possessions on Sept. 9 when a fire destroyed the Hotel Do De in Bellefonte. Now, the community is rallying to help.

As part of the Concerned Citizens of The Hotel Do-De Fire Victims, Bellefonte residents Jenna Bair and Lori Houser will host a benefit at 7 p.m. Friday at Lambert Hall in Bellefonte.

“The idea came from Lori asking myself to help her pull together a benefit to help those who lost their belongings and homes,” Bair said. “We are friends of the family that owned the hotel.”

Bair said most of the victims have found places to stay, either with family or friends, or at new apartments.

“We can never change what happened or get them back the items they lost in the fire, but we as a community can give them a little something to help them and give them some hope for the future and show them this community cares,” Bair said.

Bair said there are 21 victims of the September fire. Twenty lost their homes and 18 lost their possessions. A variety of area businesses and individuals have already donated items, she said.

The event will feature beverages, such as beer and soda, and will include entertainment provided by DJ Troy Breon.

Admission for the benefit is $10. Those under the age of 21 will not be permitted. Fire victims may attend for free. For more information email Bair at

Staff Writer at The Centre County Gazette
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