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Benefit dinner a huge success

[ 0 ] October 16, 2013 |

Beverly Kellenberger and her staff package up handmade cinnamon rolls Friday night during a benefit dinner for cafeteria worker Natalie Benham, who lost her two young daughters in a train crash.

By CHRIS EDENS

City Editor

Thousands of dollars have been raised the last two weeks to help an Oologah school employee who lost her two young daughters in a tragic train crash.

Memorial accounts have been set up at any Arvest Bank location and Bank of the Lakes. A benefit spaghetti dinner was held Friday night before theClevelandfootball game.

Over a thousand people came for dinner and made donations. The Oologah Masons pledged up to $1,500 in matching funds.

“It was unbelievable. It was one of the most special events I’ve ever attended,” Oologah Superintendent Rob Armstrong said. “The turnout was amazing and how quickly it all came together and how well it went. It’s an unfortunate situation, but it was a wonderful event and hopefully it will help ease some of her anxiety.”

Organizers estimate about $18,000 has been raised to assist Natalie Benham, who lost her daughters six-year-old Hannah Benham and nine-year-old Hailey Benham.

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