Fundraisers to help third victim of car crash

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By Jack Dalton
Lansing Star staff writer

Three fundraisers are being held in the coming weeks for the family of a teen killed in a car accident last week.

Anthony Harris, a 17-year-old senior at Holt High School, died Feb. 2 at Sparrow Hospital from injuries sustained in a drunken driving crash early Jan. 30 on Hagadorn Road in Meridian Township. Two other teens also died  The driver survived and has been charged with drunken driving.

Elisabeth Weston, executive director at EC3, said the center was hosting the fundraisers because Harris’ mother, Dalia Luera-Harris, used to work there.

“She was a teacher for a long time and has some very good friends here, so we are all coming together for her,” Weston said.

The care center is for infants through pre-kindergarten children.

“We have a hair ‘cut-a-thon’ on Feb. 8, from 3-5 p.m. at EC3,” Weston said.  “Haircuts are $10 and all proceeds are going to Dalia and her family. … A gal who used to work here has volunteered her time and we are getting some other individuals as well (to give the haircuts).”

EC3 is also holding a mom-to-mom sale 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 12.

“It’s kind of like a garage sale where parents who have gently used kids clothing, toys and cribs sell them and pool their resources,” Weston explained.  “Generally, the sellers keep their proceeds, but all families involved have agreed to donate everything to Anthony’s family.”

VFW holding a spaghetti dinner

Along with EC3, V.F.W. Post 701 is hosting a spaghetti dinner 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at its post, 123 N. Rosemary St., Lansing Township.

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The dinner will not require any pre-purchased tickets.

“Just show up,” Weston said.  “Plates cost $6.  We are serving spaghetti, garlic bread and salad.  There will also be a bake sale so people can buy desserts.”

The V.F.W. could not be reached for comment, but Weston said she was holding a meeting Friday night to finalize details for the dinner.

Weston reiterated that all proceeds are helping with Harris’ funeral and medical expenses.

A candlelight vigil was held in memory of Harris at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Holt High School track.  Another vigil was held Monday, Jan. 31, in Delhi Township for the other two victims, while Harris was still at Sparrow Hospital in critical condition.

Services for Harris were at 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at Life Changers Christian Center, 3000 W. Miller Road, Lansing.


Fundraiser Date Time Location
“Cut-a-Thon” Feb. 8 5-8 p.m. EC3
1715 W. Main St., Lansing
Mom-to-Mom sale Feb. 12 8 a.m.-noon EC3
1715 W. Main St., Lansing
Spaghetti dinner Feb 19 1-5 p.m. V.F.W. Post 701
123 N. Rosemary St., Lansing

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