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Losh Flannigan benefit a success

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The day went well and Jami Losh Flannigan's family has been helped financially, at least for a while.

Losh Flannigan died Dec. 18 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, from a rare disorder. She was 32 years old and has recently given birth to her fourth child.

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Friends and former co-workers from Edina Realty and The Harbor Church held a benefit last Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Hastings National Guard Armory. The benefit included a chili feed, silent and live auctions, a bake sale and Kids' Fun Area.

One of the event organizers was Christy Lundby Hill.

"The event went off very well," she said. "Two Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders were even gracious enough to come for an hour from noon to 1. We had such an overwhelming amount of help from volunteers, people who donated food, signs, advertising, tables and a huge amount of auction items from all over. We thank everyone."

There were more than 530 silent and live auction items. The auction and other activities went well, Lundby Hill said.

"Overall, it went pretty smooth, considering it the first time most of us had put together a benefit that was so large," she said. "We had 360 plus families register - so if there was an average of two per registration - there were probably 700, plus or minus, people throughout the day."

She indicated the chili was wonderful, there were clowns and a great response to the kids' area - except a few young kids who were afraid of clowns. The bake sale was very large and had a lot of wonderful treats.

There were a few live auction items that remained due to time constraints. The items have been donated to Jason Flannigan, Jami's husband, for the family's use.

"We raised some good money for a family that is well deserving," Lundby Hill said. "The family was overwhelmed by the amount of support and donations. It was a tough day for everyone, but Jami would have been proud.

"The loss of Jami not only is hard on everyone's hearts, but she was the primary caregiver and they didn't have to incur daycare expenses before this," Lundby Hill said. "This event's proceeds will definitely help."

She noted daycare cost for three children will be a large expense for the family now.

"When you put it in that perspective - and having no life insurance - we'll be lucky if it covers a year or two," Lundby Hill said. "All I know is that we have to be happy knowing that we made a lot of money and it will be a great help to Jason and the children."

Several other events are planned to help the family.

A Stampin' Up card-making benefit will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 20, at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth St. Ten cards will be made. No experience is necessary. $1 from each card will go to the family.

All of the profits from Stampin' Up orders and demonstrations booked that day will also go to the family.

Cost is $20 and pre-registration is requested to BJ Peters at stampinbj@comcast.net or at 437-4440.

Message from the Flannigan family

Jason Flannigan, on the behalf of the entire Jami Losh Flannigan family, would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support regarding the benefit held this past weekend.

"The benefit committee did an incredible job, securing over 500 donations, organizing the hall, setting up and tearing down, and overall management. The benefit was a huge success and the money collected will support the health and welfare of my family long into the future.

"I would also like to thank the staff and members of The Harbor Church. Their love and support has been unparalleled during this difficult time."

Jason has stated that "Jami is love." That love was nurtured and strengthened with her involvement in The Harbor Church.

He would also like to thank the many businesses and individuals in the Hastings, Prescott and surrounding communities for their love and support. The outpouring of support has been astounding from businesses and individuals in these communities as well as from all over the country.

"Thank you and God bless everybody," he said.

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