Community pulls together for Kramer


Two organizations are holding fundraisers next weekend to help the family of Trevor Kramer, a local teen who died last month, with medical and funeral expenses.

The After-School Club of Hearts in Millville will sponsor a Quarter Auction on Saturday, April 9, to benefit the family of Kramer, an Indian River High School student and baseball player. Kramer attended the Club of Hearts as a younger child, according to Britney Fitzpatrick of Club of Hearts.

Fitzpatrick said that as a friend of Kramer’s family it has been heartening to see the support the community has given them in the months since Kramer’s brain cancer, which he had beaten 9 years earlier, aggressively returned. Kramer, a junior at IRHS, had been hospitalized at A. I. du Pont Hospital for Children following a brain bleed in January, caused by the new tumor.

The April 9 quarter auction will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Millville Fire Co., with doors opening at 5 p.m., Fitzpatrick said. Tickets will be available for $10 each at the After School Club of Hearts, behind Casapulla’s in Millville, from 2:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, or $15 at the door the day of the event.

Participants will have the opportunity to bid on dozens of items and gift cards for restaurants as well as services donated by local businesses. Food such as hot dogs, pizza and baked goods will also be available.

Fitzpatrick said she fully expects the community to come out and support the family, including Trevor’s mother MaryJo and his stepfather, Gerald Brinson, just as they have in the past. “You see how the community pulls together at times like this,” she said. “It’s nice for the families to feel that.”

On Saturday, April 10, the Millville Fire Co. will set up for a second fundraiser for Trevor’s family – a benefit breakfast. Volunteers from the fire company and the community will be cooking and serving pancakes, eggs and scrapple from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to Velicia Melson, administrative assistant at the fire company.

Gerald Brinson, Trevor’s stepfather, is a truck lieutenant for the fire company, Melson said, and company wanted to support him and his family during the difficult days ahead, by helping to ease the burden of Trevor’s hospital and funeral expenses.

Local grocery stores Hocker’s Supercenter, Food Lion and Giant have donated food for the event. No tickets will be required; donations of $8 per adult and $5 per child 8 and under will be taken at the door, Melson said.

The breakfast will be served buffet style. Melson said the food will be prepared by “fire company members, Ladies’ Auxiliary, anybody who wants to show up and help out.”

“If you can’t take care of your own, then who can you take care of?” Melson said.

For more information on the Club of Hearts quarter auction, call Britney Fitzpatrick at 302-249-5789, Kristina Hassler at 302-449-9810 or stop by the after-school program on weekday afternoons from 2:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the breakfast, call Velicia Melson at the Millville Fire Co., 302-539-7557.