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More than 350 attended #TESSASTRONG, a fundraiser to help a Northfield Center family after 6-year-old Tessa Puma lost the lower half of her left leg to a rare infection. The June 11 a pasta dinner fundraiser was the first fundraiser to be held after Tessa's release from the hospital. The event was held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 6768 Auxiliary and planned by community members led by Sheila Dougherty and Denise Insana.
Dougherty said all the kids had smiles on their faces the entire time. There was a balloon artist, face painting, characters, games, animals and more to entertain the kids. Additionally the event held auctions, raffles and other activities for adults.
"We had a group of 25 jeeps from the More Than a Wave Foundation, a charitable Jeep group, roll in which was super cool, and about 50 motorcycles roll in together which was so awesome," she said.
Dougherty said the event went well and people who have been commenting on the Facebook Event page have been giving the event rave reviews.