Coleville plans fund-raiser for sisters |

Coleville plans fund-raiser for sisters

by Merrie Leininger

A Coleville family whose three daughters were seriously injured in a car accident recently will benefit from a “Circle of Friends” dinner and raffle being held Dec. 12 at the Walker Community Center next to the Walker Volunteer Fire Station.

Darrah, Megan and Tessa Rich were traveling to Gardnerville Nov. 10 when a vehicle pulled out in front of them. Their car was totalled and the girls had to be cut out of the car. Megan, 18, and Darrah, 20, are graduates of Coleville High School and Tessa, 11, is a 6th grader at Antelope Elementary School. Another passenger, 24-year-old D.W. Fowler, was also CareFlighted to Washoe Medical Center with the three girls, but had less severe injuries.

Megan has had reconstructive surgery and Darrah had a plate put in her arm to steady the broken bones. She also injured her hip in the accident. Tessa suffered internal and head injuries. All the girls are now recovering, but will continue to need medical services.

The benefit dinner will start Sunday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m., and will include spaghetti, salad, rolls, dessert and a beverage. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. There will also be door prizes, an auction for dessert and other items, and a raffle. Santa Claus will even make an appearance.

Maureen Mokarcek of Circle of Friends said the group is still looking for raffle items and homemade desserts for the dessert auction.

“Everything made at the benefit goes directly to them. The ‘Circle of Friends’ is just everybody in the community pulling together,” she said. “It is important, especially in a small community like ours, to let people know how much they mean to us.”

Those who cannot attend may donate to the family at the Bank of America in Bridgeport, Calif., or at the branch in the Gardnerville Raley’s.

For more information or to donate an item to the benefit, call Mokarcek at (530) 495-2769.