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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Fort Thomas Community Raises Thousands for Family Impacted by House Fire

Shanna Hayes holds a check from fundraising efforts organized by Midway Cafe.

By Jessie Eden

A local Fort Thomas family recovering from a house fire in early February now has the community to thank for the chance to get back on their feet.

On Monday, February 10 around 8:30 a.m., a fire broke out at Shanna Hayes' house on Woodside. Thankfully, she and her two boys, her father and little brother and sister escaped unharmed. But -- the house was a different matter. Smoke and fire damage can be seen throughout the first floor. It will require major renovations in order for the family to move back in.

Shanna's house was damaged during a fire on February 10.

So, to help the family recover, the Fort Thomas community started planning ways to raise money for the Hayes Family.

RELATED: Multiple units respond to house fire on Woodside Place in Fort Thomas, fire contained

From a GoFundMe campaign to donations gathered by Fort Thomas Independent Schools, thousands of dollars have been raised for the family.

Midway Cafe even hosted a fundraiser for the family this past Saturday in addition to a raffle basket, worth more than $500.

Last night, the winner of the raffle was announced on Midway Cafe's Facebook well as the grand total of the funds raised. The video shows Shanna Hayes picking the ticket from a 5-gallon bucket of tickets and announcing the winner -- Sam Carlotta.

Hundreds of tickets were entered into the raffle.

But -- Shanna was in for another surprise. After the winner was chosen, Midway Cafe presented Shanna with a check of all the funds raised -- a total of over $27,000. The impressive amount brought Shanna to tears.

Shanna Hayes cries as she realizes how much has been raised for her and her family.
(Img: clipped from Facebook video, Midway Cafe)

"This isn't real, oh my god, you gotta be kidding me!" cried Shanna as she read the check. "I don't even know what to say, thank you everyone so much, it's unbelievable. Thank you everyone. Thank you so so much."

Shanna holds the check for over $27,000.

Co-owners Staci Edmonds and Erika Kraus of Midway Cafe expressed their thanks to a private bourbon group for donating the bourbons and to Fort Thomas for coming together like this for a local family. "Please don't ever get tired of being a good person with a good heart," said Erika. "Thank you to everyone who supported the fundraiser. We raised $27, 315. We changed a family's life tonight. Thank you to everyone who donated, shared and helped get the word out. Big shout out to Staci, my partner in crime, and all the midway employees for selling raffle tickets! Thank you bourbon friends, you know what you did!

You can watch the full raffle and check presentation video from Midway Cafe below.

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