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FORT PIERCE -- Eight year-old Demetrius Gollett, a student at White City Elementary School, was critically injured in a home fire on Feb. 18.
The fire claimed the life of Demetrius' great-grandmother, Barbara Jean Ponders and seriously injured his great-grandfather, Willie Clarence Ponders. It left the entire extended family homeless, and it will be a long and arduous journey ahead for Demetrius and his beloved grandfather.
Demetrius and his family have strong ties in their hometown of Fort Pierce, so while Demetrius is recovering at Shriner's Hospital in Ohio and Mr. Ponders is hospitalized in Miami, the family is hoping to gather support from the community and the Van Duzer Foundation to ensure that, once released, Demetrius and his great-grandfather, have a place to call home.
On Wednesday, March 20, the Van Duzer Foundation will host an event with all proceeds from sales at Big Apple Pizza & Pasta in Fort Pierce from 4 to 10 p.m. benefitting Demetrius and his family members.
Also on hand for the evening's festivities will be One Blood (formerly Florida's Blood Centers), accepting donations of blood in memory of Barbara Jean Ponders.
For nearly five years, the Van Duzer Foundation has found unique ways for everyone to positively impact the community and has raised and donated more than $700,000 to St. Lucie County residents in need.
For more information, visit www.thevanduzerfoundation.org, or call (772) 528-3467.