By Jim Brown
Janet Cotton, one of several volunteers involved in a fundraiser at the New London Community Complex for the Fyfe family of Stanley Bridge, was thrilled at the turnout and money raised.
“I think it was a really fantastic evening,” said Janet, of the more than $23,000 raised during the March 22 benefit.
“I’d say it exceeded expectations,” she said, estimating the number of people who attended the event at more than 300.
The $23,000 haul includes money donated to an account at the Malpeque Bay Credit Union, which is still accepting donations.
A total of 185 items were auctioned off during the evening.
An earlier Gofundme campaign raised $14,385, which was substantially more than the $10,000 target.
Alfred and Karen Fyfe, and their daughter Michelle and her fiance Kristen Rochford, were living in the nearly two century old building when it caught fire on Feb 20, and burned to the ground.
They were fortunate to escape, along with the family’s dog and a cat, but they lost nearly all of their possessions.
The historic farmhouse had been in the Fyfe family for six generations.
Donations are still being accepted, and in addition to the Malpeque Bay Credit Union, would be donors can also contact Janet Cotton at 886-2528, Bethany Cousins, 439-6723, Sandra Blackett at 886-3239 and 303-3164, Stephanie Moase, 886-2599, Nancy Sanderson, 621-1958 and Angie Matheson at 626-9902.
By Jim Brown