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Dinner and raffle raises funds for Albion family who lost home in fire

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 August 2020 at 4:58 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Ondrea Pate and her friends and family serve up beef on wick dinners today at the Elks Lodge on West State Street. They are prepared to serve 500 dinners from noon to 6 p.m.

The meals are part of a benefit for the Pate family, which lost their Albion home in a fire on June 20.

Retired Albion music teacher Linda Logan checks out some of the 100 baskets up for raffle. The event was spaced out over six hours to allow for social distancing inside the building.

The band Lonesome Road performs this afternoon. From left include Mike Whiting, Todd Colegrove, Robert Williams and drummer David Leonard.

Angelo and Ondrea Pate and their two daughters, Eowyn and Maia, are currently staying with Ondrea’s father Richard Brackenbury in Waterport. The Pate residence on West Academy Street was declared a total loss after the fire.

Noreen Dixon and her sister Donna Halladay are the leader organizers for today’s benefit. The Pates were great neighbors to their mother, Marguerite, checking in on her frequently, and responding in the middle of the night if she needed help.

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