Events to aid Republic family

REPUBLIC – People are coming together to help the family of Phillip and Dillon Bollinger, Republic brothers who were killed in a Reed Township automobile crash May 30.

Republic Lions Club is to donate the proceeds from a chicken barbecue today to the family, and an event with a dinner, auction and raffle Saturday also is to benefit the family.

Matt Miller, a member of Republic Lions Club who is helping to plan today’s meal, said the club has three or four chicken barbecues throughout the year and they usually are a club fundraiser. This one, though, is to benefit the boys’ family.

“It is a local family,” he said.

Serving starts at 11 a.m. and is to continue until all of the meals are sold, which usually is 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. Adult dinners are $8 each, and children’s dinners are $5 each. People can purchase half a chicken for $5 or a pint of potato salad for $2.

Another benefit is scheduled for 4-9 p.m. Saturday at Attica Independent Fairgrounds.

Chicken dinners are to be sold 5-7 p.m. Adult meals are $7, student meals are $4 and meals for children in preschool and younger are free.

A raffle and auction are to be 4-8:30 p.m.

Brittany Taylor, who is planning the benefit with her sister-in-law, Sarah Taylor, said people also can make a donation for baked goods.

“We’ve had a lot of help from people,” she said.

Brittany described the boys’ mother, Jillynda, as a great mother.

“(The money raised is for) anything that she needs,” she said.