(L-R) Ivale Crooks, Kathy Gross-Hunter, Donovan Gayle (Deebo, Big D), Michelle Jen-Paul and Kevin Phillip.
Various fundraising events were held throughout August and September for Donovan Gayle. Also known as "Deebo" and BIG D, Gayle, a former player and assistant coach with the BU Bobcats basketball team, was diagnosed with leukemia on June 9.
(L-R) (Back Row) Stephanie Hunter, Ambrea McDonald-Okoro, Kaela Cranston, Amy Williams, Kinsley Ransom, Jaynell Gillett and Cassie Cooke. (Front Row) Aleah Bridges, Keegan Robinson, Shonte Devernichuk, Stephanie Haynes and Caitlin Lennon. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)
(L-R) Kaylee Alexander and Cameron Locker. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)
(L-R) Heidi Howarth, Whitney Slon, Jaylene Howarth and Jordan Renves. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)
Kathy Gross-Hunter, one of the event organizers, started a fundraiser called Dimes for Deebo, which was a 30-day challenge from Aug. 6 to Sept. 6, where people were encouraged to donate all of their dimes for Donovan.
Ivale and Jeff Crooks, owners of Smitty’s Restaurant in the Shoppers Mall, teamed with Gross-Hunter to provide a dinner, auction and a 50/50 draw on Sept. 8 with all of the funds going directly to Donovan.
The Howarth family, owners of the Trails West Inn, also held a fund raising social at the The 40 on September 7.
Overall, almost $11 000 was generated to assist with medical costs.
According to one supporter, "Donavan has given so much to others and to the youth in our community that the community rallied together to give back."
» Mariah Phillips is a long-time Brandon resident and lead singer in the band Misty Street. She will be dropping into many of the major social events in the Wheat City. This column will run regularly, depending on the community's social calendar.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 21, 2013