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Hancock Commercial Club organizes benefit for Schlief family

The Hancock Commercial Club is organizing a benefit for the Schlief Family which had four children injured in the March 12 Hancock School van and semi-tractor crash near Danvers.

The benefit will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, in the Hancock High School gym at 371 Hancock Ave.

Although the Hancock Commercial Club is organizing the event, "a lot of people have stepped up to the plate" to help out, said Tanner Picht of the club.

The benefit will be a family-oriented event, Picht said.

The event includes a free will offering meal, a live raffle for a YETI cooler, silent auction and the sale of home-baked goods. The benefit also includes a kiddie carnival sponsored by the Hancock Lions Club.

Kids will play games for a minimal cost of tickets, Picht said.

Natasha, Savannah, Blade and Harliegh Schlief of Danvers were injured in the crash. Savannah, 14, is still hospitalized at a Twin Cities hospital and Harliegh, 16, was hospitalized for several days after the crash, according to the Harliegh Schlief CaringBridge site.

The others injured in the crash were Gaige Sanderson, 16, Braydn Sanderson, 15, and Korah Schroeder, 10, of Holloway and van driver Judy Van Eps, 68, of Hancock. Commercial club representatives discussed the benefit with the families of the those injured in the crash and those families said they wanted the May 5 event to benefit the Schlief Family.

To donate toward the silent auction or to donate home-baked goods or for any information contact Picht at Community Development Bank at 320-392-5278.

Individual benefit accounts for the Sanderson, Schlief, Schroeder and VanEps families are available for donations at Community Development Bank.