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Community supports mom at dinner

[ 0 ] October 9, 2013 |

By CHRIS EDENS

City Editor

Oologah hopes some comfort food can help bring some comfort to a grieving mother.

A benefit dinner will be held Friday for Natalie Benham, anOologahHigh Schoolcafeteria worker. Benham’s children, 6-year-old Hannah Benham and 9-year-old Hailey Benham were killed in a SUV-train wreck last week.

The community has pulled together to hold a spaghetti dinner in the cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m. before the football game withClevelandFriday night. Cost for the meal is by donation, but organizers are requesting $5 per person.

“The only way to describe this community’s response is overwhelming. The desire to help this family and the response from people who want to organize the donations at local banks and the benefit dinner on such short notice is truly uplifting,” Oologah Superintendent Rob Armstrong said. “It’s something that defines this community and everyone in it.”

Fans attending the game can access the benefit dinner by entering through the stadium, or a through a booth set up inside the cafeteria. The Oologah Masons are offering matching funds from the dinner up to $1,500.

“We’re extending an invitation to any of theClevelandcommunity members who would like to support the members of our family and our employee and enjoy a good meal at the same time,” Armstrong said.

Cafeteria workers are volunteering their time to prepare and serve the meal. Child Nutrition Director Beverly Kellenberger and her staff have rallied around their co-worker.

The lunch ladies have already begun making a much sweeter item for the benefit dinner. The cooks were covered in flour Monday as they made tray after tray of their famous made from scratch cinnamon rolls.

The cinnamon rolls will be $8 for a half dozen and $15 for a dozen. Cinnamon rolls can be pre-ordered and Kellenberger said they will be sold on a first come, first serve basis at the dinner. She said they had already pre-made 2,400 rolls as of Monday afternoon.

“We’ll be here every night this week making cinnamon rolls,” she said.

Cinnamon rolls can be pre-ordered until Friday by contacting Kellenberger at 918-443-6213 or e-mailing B.Kellenberger@oologah.k12.ok.us.

Kellenberger said orders can be picked up Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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