“They have actually cried to me and told me that they want me to help them out,” she said. “Knowing that and hearing that from people for me is just amazing, it’s like I could really help somebody.”
Weber’s mom and dad, Yolanda and Dave Weber, and her uncle Scott Bowling have organized Memory Run, an annual poker run in Trenton, for 10 years. Weber said this year she wanted the proceeds to benefit a local organization.
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“We decided to start donating the money because it wasn’t really a memory, someone was just winning it,” Yolanda Weber said. “I wanted it to stand for something.”
She said they picked Sojourner because they helped her daughter.
This year’s event was held last weekend in memory of her nephew Justin Bowling, who died of a drug overdose in 2006 at the age of 19.
Christine Birhanzl, development director at Sojourner, said they are thrilled with the donation.
“This group is just amazing they raised $2,600 and they have designated it to come to our ‘Hill’ facility for women and children,” she said. “What we’d like to do is purchase toys and make a play area for the moms and the children to be together.”