Residents turned out Sunday night for a "Dear Jazzy" benefit that sponsors hoped would raise upward of
Supporters said they have an even more audacious goal: to collect
"It'll happen, I'm confident," said
About 250 adults were expected to attend Sunday's benefit. Jazzlin was there, too, seated at a special table with best friend
"To have people wanting to help out is just crazy," Andrade said. "But I'm really thankful for it."
Her husband had suffered extensive leg fractures and other injuries in the same crash that injured her daughter. A passenger in the other vehicle died and its driver,
Community members, including those connected to Jazzlin's school,
Gruener and her husband Chris said they helped organize Sunday's benefit because Jazzlin's family must pay out of pocket for the girl's therapy and because her parents received little from the insurance settlement linked to the crash.
"We're just realizing this is an ongoing thing," said
"Her confidence has gone through the roof," he said.
In August the Grueners opened a campaign on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe with a goal of raising
Before this weekend the site had collected about
Sunday's benefit, for which participants paid
Before the concert, Jazzlin said she was most looking forward to the evening's music, with an appearance by
The reason, she said, is "I like to hear music."
But she acknowledged it also was fun to be the guest of honor.
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