*scroll down for latest updates*The news was heartbreaking on Saturday when we learned that a local youngster, Jada Bennett, was lost in a fatal car accident on Highway 501. The family has two surviving children and the details are unclear as to the condition of the parents.
Dad was an employee of Red Lobster near Coastal Grand Mall and there is a community effort to raise money and collect food for the family through that location. The address is 1230 N Retail Ct, Myrtle Beach, 29577. The number there is (843) 445-9786 and the restaurant will be matching $500 of donations.
If you’re interested in learning more or contributing to the Bennett family, have a look at this Facebook event page.
Update 4/2/12: An spaghetti dinner fundraising event is being planned by Ron Jon’s Burger and Beer. It will be next Tuesday, April 10, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $7 per plate for adults and $5 for kids. Dine in or carry out. An event page hasn’t yet been created, but as soon as it is, I’ll post a link. Nicole Couilliard, you’re amazing for setting this up so quickly. <3
I’ve also heard that there is a Bennett Family Memorial Fund you can donate to at First Citizens bank.
According to this WPDE report, Zumba Fitness is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Surfside Bowling Center. A $10 donation will get you two hours of zumba from 9:30 to 11:30. There will also be door prizes and 50/50 raffles.
Update 4/5/12: Ocean Bay Elementary is acting as another collection site for donations of food and money for the Bennett Family. The school is located on International Drive in Myrtle Beach. If you have questions, you can call them at (843) 903-8400.
Also, there has been a new fundraiser added. On Friday, April 6, 2012, there will be a special two-hour zumba class at the Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA in Myrtle Beach. It begins at 5 p.m. and monetary donations are being accepted.
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