Fundraiser dance for house fire victims

Two friends are planning a benefit dance and auction to raise money for the young family who lost their home in the recent house fire.

Two friends are planning a benefit dance and auction Saturday, March 16, to raise money for the young family who lost their home in the recent house fire.

The young family, Kelby Trottier, 22, Katlyn L’Hirondelle, 23, and their six-month-old son Kayden, were renting the home on 13th Street West, which burned to the ground Feb. 15.

Twenty-year-old Kelsey Gerow says she is a lifetime friend and distant cousin of Trottier, and she has a son, Ryker, who is just a couple months apart from Kayden.

“I’m a young mother and have a young family starting out, and I know it would be super hard to have everything lost in a fire, especially all the baby stuff,” said Gerow.

“I just couldn’t imagine it.”

Gerow says at first she started gathering furniture, clothes and household items around town for the family around town, but when she talked to Kayla Brown they decided to go the next step and plan a dance.

Known as “the party planner” because of her previous high school event planning, Gerow says is looking forward to the dance.

There will be a silent auction, a 50-50 raffle draw and a donations box at the dance, which is upstairs in the Houston Legion this Saturday, said Gerow.

Doors open at 7 p.m., $15 per person or $25 per couple, and people can clothed in green because the dance has a St. Patricks Day theme, she said.

Sheldon and Amy Slaney are the DJs for the evening and designated drivers will be available.

Gerow says all the money will go to the family to help them buy new furniture and a  new nursery.

“I hope to see a lot of the town come out and help and give donations,” said Gerow.

“It’s going to be a really fun event.”