Oso fundraiser planned at Fircrest skating rink

Tacoma News TribuneApril 11, 2014 

A fundraiser has been set for Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Rollin’ 253 Skate and Community Center to raise money to help one of the families affected by the March 22 Oso mudslide. 

Admission sales from the night’s event will be given to Brian Lester and his daughter Ava. Brian’s stepson Denver Harris, 14, was identified Friday as the 36th victim of the slide by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Brian Lester’s sister-in-law created an online account to help raise $25,000 for the family after they lost everything. As of Friday afternoon the website gofundme.com showed close to $18,000 raised.

“This event is about helping one family that really needs it,” Bruce Bodine, owner of the west Tacoma roller rink, said in a statement. “We’re going to squeeze as many people into our rink as we legally can and we’re accepting donations from anyone who wants to help us.”

Monday’s event will include popular skating games, an open snack bar and music. A moment of silence will be held to honor Denver and tell the family’s story. A photo booth was donated by 1000 words Photo Booth, a local company owned by Mike Abella, for the event.

Admission is $5 and 100 percent of the proceeds and additional donations will be given to the family.

For more information on the fundraiser visit rollin253.com. The rink is located at 2101 W. Mildred St., Fircrest.

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