Fundraiser at Old Brick will help beloved City High student injured in crash

Benefit for Bella McBride

Old Brick Church — Saturday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

City High student Bella McBride
City High student Bella McBride

This Saturday, a benefit for a City High student who was injured in a severe car accident last month will be held at Old Brick Church (26 E. Market St).

Bella McBride worked at Hamburg Inn #2 and is known and beloved around town, as is her mother Shannon. McBride lost control of her car while driving home from Minnesota on Jan. 18 and suffered severe brain trauma, spending several days in the Mayo Clinic ICU. She remains at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, but friends say she is making great strides in her recovery.

“Right now she has an estimated release date of March 3,” said Kelsey Karrsley, one of the organizers of the event and a close family friend of the McBrides. “For the moment, the plan is for Shannon and Bella to come home and spend a weekend in Iowa City and then go back to Minnesota.” There, they’ll stay at the Ronald McDonald house and Bella will begin outpatient rehabilitation.

“She’s really excited to get back to school,” Karrsley said of Bella, who has a 4.0 GPA. “Her personal goal is to go to one day of school before spring break.” City High is making plans to ensure that McBride graduates as planned this spring.

Shortly after the accident, Karrsley launched a YouCaring campaign to raise $15,000 towards McBride’s medical expenses. It has currently raised more than $10,000 of its goal.

The Saturday benefit, which hopes to “celebrate the lives of two of the sweetest people in town and help to ease the financial burden they are experiencing,” promises food, music and a silent auction.

“We have a lot of cool stuff from around town and out of town,” Karrsley said. “One of the nicer donations is a three day, two night share at Bailey’s [Harbor] Yacht Club in Door County, Wisconsin.” Other auction items will include gift cards for massages, gift baskets from Bread Garden Market and much more.

“We knew we wanted to do something to help, we weren’t sure exactly what,” Karrsley said. But once the idea was established, the community offered an outpouring of support with donations. “People have been really nice,” she said.

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