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Local pub to host fundraiser

A fundraiser set for Jan.12 will benefit the family of Monty Jensen, who died after suffering a heart attack on Oct. 24. - Contributed photo
A fundraiser set for Jan.12 will benefit the family of Monty Jensen, who died after suffering a heart attack on Oct. 24.
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A fundraiser to help a trio of sisters whose father passed away last fall is set for Jan. 12 at Baselines Pub in South Surrey.

The event – featuring live music, a 50/50 draw and a silent auction – is to help the family with day-to-day expenses, said Natalie Dunnill, who met the Jensens – father Monty, and children Alicia, 18, Alex and Maddy, both 14 – through Sandcastle Lanes’ youth bowling league.

Monty Jensen died on Oct. 24 after suffering a heart attack. He was 55.

Dunnill, who is fitness manager at the Sandcastle Club, said long-term health issues including diabetes and a reliance on dialysis meant that Jensen didn’t have life insurance.

While the children’s mom has moved back from Kelowna to be with them, her health is also compromised, Dunnill noted, meaning the family is in a tough spot financially.

Dunnill described Jensen as a man who, despite his failing health, “made sure his girls got everything they needed.”

The Earl Marriott Secondary students play competitive softball and bowling, she said.

The story was all Randy Friesen needed to hear to donate his band’s time for the cause. Dunnill is one of Playlist’s singers, he noted.

“It’s quite a tragedy and there’s no one really in their family that’s able to step up,” Friesen said. “It’s been a real tough time for these three girls. We’re hoping we can generate some good dollars.”

Tickets to Saturday’s fundraiser are $15, and include a burger and drink. They are available at the Sandcastle Club, 1938 152 St. The evening gets underway at 7 p.m.

Anyone who can’t attend but would like to donate silent auction items or to a trust fund for the family may call 604-531-6255.

 

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