Friends with Benefits fundraiser helps locals in need

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The 7th Annual Friends with Benefits fundraiser returns on Sunday, April 28, at Chelsea's to benefit the family of Susan Parsons and Danny Coy. The fundraiser begins at noon and includes a barbecue competition, live music, silent auction, a bounce house and a special group of friends helping out one of their own.

Susan and Danny welcomed their baby boy Benny into the world Jan. 31. Shortly after his birth, the family learned Benny would need heart surgery and, within hours, he was airlifted to Little Rock where seven surgeons were waiting to perform the procedure.

Little Benny has been diagnosed with a heart defect, lymphatic disease and lung complications. He is currently fighting necrotizing fascitis in his gut. He is almost three months old now and is growing and getting stronger. The fundraiser will help finish the family's home in a way that will support Benny's special needs.

The fun starts at noon, with the silent auction taking place from noon to 3 p.m., the barbecue rib competition slated for 3 p.m. and the live auction beginning at 4 p.m. A $20 donation at the door gives you access to all events.

If you'd like to donate items to the silent and live auctions or a dessert for the buffet, contact Fatima VanZant at 479-981-9976, Latigo Treuer at 479-981-3406 or Nathan Coy at 479-418-3406.

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