Cape Gazette

Friends, family gather to support Viki Dee

Nov 28, 2013
Photo by: Deny Howeth Viki Dee thanks everyone who showed up for the benefit.

Friends and family filled the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center Nov.17 to support Viki Dee and to raise funds for her to start her life over. Dee lost everything, including her family of pets, in a fire Oct. 20.

More than 700 people attended the benefit concert where local musicians donated their time to entertain the crowds. A silent auction was organized by Kathy Davison with hundreds of donated goods, as well as a live auction hosted by Susan Morisette.

Many local businesses donated food, signs, tickets and time. The volunteer bartenders also donated their tips.

WSFS has an ongoing donation collection for Viki Dee.

Viki Dee smiles at the love she feels from the crowd of fans. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
More than 700 friends and family attended the benefit concert for Viki Dee. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Lauren Haller, Viki Dee's daughter, leads her off the stage after her heart-wrenching talk to the crowd about her experience. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Cousins Tasha, Lauria and Tara Dawson pose with Viki Dee for a photograph. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Viki Dee gives cousin Gabriella's baby Giuliana Fitzgerald a kiss on the cheek. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Organizing commitee members pose with Viki Dee. Shown are in back (l-r) Kitt Ryan, Maryann Slinkman, Jennifer Rubenstein, Rose Barcelona, and Kathy Davison. In front are Gwen Osborne, Katie Handy, Dee, Betsy Hollowell, and Jodi Sowersby. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Tom Negran, left and Marc Anthony Worosilo talk with Viki Dee, who sang at their recent wedding. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Viki Dee's cousin John Tana and Guiliana Fitzgerald hang out during the concert. Dee told the story of how Tana found her grandmother's crucifix when she was sorting through the ashes for something tangible to take with her. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Lower Case Blues had the crowd on its feet. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Hand holding and a prayer kicked off the benefit. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Red Letter Day performs. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Red Letter day performs. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Cathy Benson, a player on the Sharks softball team, signs a note to Viki Dee. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Silent and live auction items were organized by Kathy Davison. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Bob Crabb, left, musician and emcee, organized the musical groups for the event; he poses with Chris Maliszewski of Resorts Entertainment, who donated time and sound equipment. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
More than 100 volunteers gathered to serve food donated by Casa DiLeo, The Point Bake Shoppe, and Cake Break. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
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