Sunday Benefit For Dieondre Hubbard A Success

One week was all it took for a community to rally around a family who experienced an unspeakable loss last month.

On Sunday, a benefit was held at the Jamestown Moose Club to assist the family of Dieondre Hubbard, a 22-month-old child who died as a result of a fire at his 823 Prendergast Ave. home on Oct. 15.

Running from 2-10 p.m., the benefit featured a variety of door prizes, basket giveaways, a 50-50 drawing, food, activities and live music; all with the ultimate goal of assisting Dieondre’s mother, Angel Kuhn, in the purchase of a new vehicle and furniture for herself and her other two children at their new residence. It was organized by Dawn McCormick, Dieondre’s grandmother, who said the outpouring of community support has been overwhelming — especially when considering that she only spent a week coordinating the event.

“The best part is that we have 75 people here who are blood relatives of Angel and Dieondre,” McCormick said. “The community has been tremendous; I can’t believe the amount of donations I was able to get for all the (giveaways) over just one week. It’s going to be hard (for Angel), but everything we were able to get out of today will go a long way in helping her to get back on her feet.

“I was born and raised here, and I’ve lived in other places, but nowhere compares with Jamestown,” she added. “Sure, there is plenty of drama here, but the most important thing is that everybody comes together here to help others during a time of need.”

McCormick said Kuhn, who is an employee of Sam’s Club, has been walking back and forth between her Prendergast Ave. home and Sam’s Club because she doesn’t have access to her own transportation — and she still continues to do so. In addition to assisting with this need, McCormick said the goal of the benefit was also to help her raise money to pay for Kuhn’s first month of rent at her new apartment.

She also wanted to thank the Jamestown Moose Club for its hospitality in hosting the event, and Warren Sischo for organizing the live music — which included three bands, all of whom donated their time and talents for free.