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Remembering Mariah: Fundraiser held for family who lost daughter in Leon County storm

Posted at 6:10 PM, Jun 06, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — On April 19, severe storms rolled through the Big Bend. Those powerful storms killed an 8-year-old girl in Leon County.

Mariah Weinman was at her family's home in Woodville when a tree fell on their house. She was killed and her 12-year-old brother injured.

Now, the finishing touches are being placed on a fundraiser benefiting the local family who lost everything in the severe weather outbreak. The coordinators for the Saturday benefit wanted to help the Weinman family anyway they could.

The family is grateful for the love and support, but for them, this fundraiser isn't about money. It's about remembering their daughter, Mariah.

The benefit is family-friendly and will consist of several local bands, and even a silent-auction.

"Donations are definitely going to be welcome," said Tammy Lollie, one of the fundraiser's coordinators. "Like I said, we'll have the auction and things like that, but definitely donations are going to be accepted."

"We've been getting so many donations and they're still coming in. We try to keep up with it," said Eric Durrance, who's also helping coordinate the fundraiser. "We're going to have to have a moment to sit down and add all this stuff up and pull it together."

The fundraiser starts Saturday at 5 p.m. at Bannerman Crossings and goes until 10 p.m. As a way to surprise the Weinman family, neither coordinator wanted to say how much money has already been raised.