Grandview Volunteer Fire Department fundraiser to benefit Indiana family
A daylong fundraiser at Grandview Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday will benefit a family dealing with the death of one child and the hospitalization of another because of a fire.
“Battle of Entertainment” from noon to 9 p.m. will raise money for the family of Michael and Dominic Collier.
Michael, 8, died in a Feb. 15 fire at his family's mobile home in Young Township, Indiana County. His brother, 6-year-old Dominic, was in stable condition earlier this week at UPMC Mercy hospital in Pittsburgh.
Vickie Milliron, a Claridge woman whose son is engaged to the boys' mother, Theresa Firek, also died in the fire.
Michael and Dominic's father, Michael Jr., and grandfather, Michael Sr., are members of the Grandview department. Firefighters used a fire engine last month to transport Michael's casket to a Delmont cemetery.
The boys' aunt, Hollie Schreiber, helped to organize the fundraiser, which will include many of the acts that frequently perform at her parents' restaurant, Franko's Sports Bar and Grille in Jeannette. Tickets will cost $10.
“It's absolutely wonderful. I didn't realize how tight the community was,” Schreiber said. “It's definitely going to be a big thing.”
A table will be set up at the department for donations, including toys for Dominic.
Schreiber said Dominic has burns on 30 percent of his body. He has significant lung damage but recently was taken off a ventilator.
“He's doing better,” She said. “We're just keeping our thoughts positive.”
Parking at the fire station will be available only for those with physical disabilities. Elliott Group is opening its parking lot on Fourth Street in Jeannette to attendees. First Student will provide a shuttle to the fire station.
Chris Foreman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.