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Lee Benefit-Standing Room Only!

Stacey Lee Benefit

by Christy Kienast, The Quill

It was standing room only at times, Saturday, February 9th at the Annex in La Harpe.

A benefit was being held for La Harpe resident, Stacey Lee and the auction area was packed with buyers willing to share their money for a great cause.

The night was filled with food, fun and music as friends and family showed their support for Stacey.

Stacey was injured in the accident at the Illini West High school, last fall when an out-of-control van swept through the crowd of supporters. She was run over twice and could have been a third time if a man had not grabbed her by the ankles and pulled her out of the way.

Her pelvis was crushed the first time she was run over. Other injuries sustained were four deteriorating discs in her neck, five cracked ribs, bruised lungs, damage to both of her arms, road rash, a light concussion and a knot on her forehead. She was airlifted twice, and was in two different hospitals before the night was over.

It has been a long 5 months and although there are some things that still need taken care of, Stacey is feeling much better.

She was forced to resign from her job so she could reapply for it after her rehab. She was able to get rehired in time to not lose her 12 years of seniority. Although it is only 20 hours a week, Stacey is happy to be able to work again.

The night began with a donation dinner beginning at 4 p.m. consisting of chili, potato soup, maid-rites, hot dogs, salads and desserts.

The stage with was filled with tons of wares from many local businesses

and friends and family. Along with an autographed picture from the Chicago Bears, clothing from Wrangler, tickets to Pink Floyd, the Peoria Rivermen, the Quad City Mallards and the St. Louis Cardinals among numerous other items.

The night ended with music by Craig and Chris Corzatt with friends Deanne Donley and Hayden Fox and Jonah Sheckler.

With great help, including several students from the Illini West High school, and wonderful support from the surrounding communities, the night was a huge success.