Fund-raiser planned for residents of ravaged Kasilof homestead

Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2001

The community of Kasilof is banding together to assist four longtime residents who lost all their possessions in a Nov. 15 fire.

A benefit auction and fund-raiser will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Tustumena Elementary School. Refreshments will be available.

Proceeds will benefit the victims of the Nov. 15 blaze that destroyed the Griffing homestead house on Pollard Loop, did about $1 million in damage and left them homeless. The owners, Allen and Christine Griffing Lemen, plan to rebuild the house if they can get enough money.

The main item for the auction will be a vintage truck in near mint condition that belonged to Mildred Griffing. It is a 1963 Ford F350 one-ton with a stake bed. Griffing bought the truck to bring the family's possessions north from Texas, but seldom used it after the big trip. It has less than 25,000 miles on it.

Organizers are soliciting donations of other auction items such as fine goods, art, services and pies. Donations may be dropped off at the Kasilof Mercantile or the Kasilof post offices. Pies should be dropped off on the day of the event only.

They also are seeking volunteers who can help solicit donations from area businesses.

For more information, call Dave Letzring at 262-5125.

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