Losh Flannigan benefit is Feb. 13
Many of Jami Losh Flannigan's church and community friends have already "stepped up" to help the family following her death Dec. 18. They have donated cash and other items to help the family.
Now, they are asking others in the community for their help at a Feb. 13 benefit at the Hastings National Guard Armory.
Losh Flannigan died Dec. 18 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, from a rare disorder. She was 32 years old and had recently given birth to her fourth child.
The Feb. 13 benefit will include a chili feed from noon to 3:30 p.m., silent and live auctions, and a kids' fun area.
Much help is needed, said Christy Lundby Hill, close friend and former co-worker of Losh Flannigan. The two worked together at Edina Realty. She is one of the benefit committee members.
"We want to have a huge silent auction," Lundby Hill said. "We want to get a lot of items for the silent auction and larger or unique items for the live auction."
She hopes that all of the donated items for the auctions can be collected by Feb. 1. That would allow time for them to be listed on the new website about the benefit - www.jamiloshflannigan.com.
People are needed to assist in areas of the benefit - cooking, serving, greeting, cleanup, bake sale, kids' section and signs.
The contact person for the food is Rita Doffing at 651-387-9141 or firstname.lastname@example.org by e-mail.
Preparation of the chili will begin the day before the benefit, Friday, Feb. 12. Donations of food and food preparers are needed.
For the kids fun area, the contact person is Shari Byrd at email@example.com. Baked goods such as pies, bars, cookies and breads will be needed. Face painters and kid-friendly activities will be needed.
Lundby Hill is handling the silent and live auction items and can be reached at 651-216-4676 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her office at Edina Realty 1640 S. Frontage Road, is the drop-off site for the items. The committee is asking anyone with a large item to be responsible for bringing it to the benefit Feb. 13.
Items will be registered when they are brought into the office. People bringing in items should have an estimated value for them.
A "buy now" price will be available for each item. If someone comes early to the auction, but cannot stay long enough for the bidding, they can pay the full value and know they contributed. Items valued at more than $100 or unique items will be bid at the live auction at 3:30 p.m.
Cyndie Southcotte is in charge of greeters, setup, cleanup, posters. People are also needed to distribute flyers in the area. She can be reached at 651-206-1931 or at email@example.com.
Some financial donations have already been made at Wells Fargo. The fund, under the name of Jami Flannigan, remains open.
"We need to embrace this family; there was no life insurance, and with four kids, three younger than 3, they need help," said Lundby Hill. "A trust is being set up for the money from the benefit for immediate expenses incurred due to the loss of Jami and for future child-raising expenses."
Shortly before Jami's death, the couple started their own business. Husband Jason is a plumber, and Jami stayed very involved at The Harbor Church in Hastings. She loved to cook and provided the food for the church's Alpha series on Tuesday evenings. She was very involved in the church's ministries.
"We want to put this together from her church family," Lundby Hill said. "Many have already offered their help.
"We are trying to do this in a short period of time, but there are so many people who have shared they want to help, so it will all fall in place."
More information about the benefit and how people can help is available at jamiloshflannigan.com.