Benefit to raise money for baby girl
February 26, 2014
A benefit dinner and auction will be held to raise funds for a baby who was born with major medical problems that require several surgeries and frequent treatment.
Addisyn Davis, born Jan. 3 to Havre residents Tanner and Lindsey Davis, and her mother were airlifted to Seattle immediately after she was born.
She has already had three surgeries to remedy a few of the multitude of fetal development issues and requires three more.
Addisyn must be flown to Seattle once a month for medical treatment and when she is not there, she is at the hospital in Missoula.
The benefit is being held to help the Davis family with the expenses they face in treatment for Addisyn and the trips they have to make to Seattle once a month, which amounts to $700 per round-trip on average, said Laurie Sageser, a benefit coordinator.
"Their medical expenses are almost half a million already," Sageser said. "There's no way they could ever get out from all the medical debt."
Sageser and Mary Verploegen are organizing and hosting the dinner and auction, which will be held at the Eagles Club in Havre from noon to 3 p.m Sunday.
"I've been pretty impressed with the number of people who have been very generous," Sageser said.
All the items that will be auctioned off are donated and include items such as a windshield and installation, a Larson storm door, a large hand-quilted baby quilt and many smaller items. There will be both live and silent auctions after the spaghetti dinner.
Sageser said she is retired and now spends her time volunteering at Northern Montana Hospital, the Giveaway House and for events like these.
"I've only been in the community for eight years and never in my life have I felt such a sense of community," Sageser said. "It just amazes me."
Those who want to donate may either visit the Eagles Club Sunday or have dinner at Pizza Hut Thursday.
Anyone who orders food that day at Pizza Hut and says it is for Addisyn's benefit will have 20 percent of the money they spend at the restaurant go to her.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is also matching 50 percent of all the money raised for Addisyn's benefit after the conclusion of the dinner and auction at the Eagles Club.
Sageser said anyone who has questions or wants to make donations can call her at 262-3627.