Community offers support to Nellie Blue, Roxanne Ware

CHASE—The basement of the Chase Barton United Methodist Church was lively on Sunday, Oct. 9, as droves of people from the Chase and Baldwin area came out to support Nellie Blue, of Baldwin, and Roxanne Ware, of Chase.

Event coordinator Debbie Dubreuil estimated around 200 people came to enjoy a plate of spaghetti, salad and desserts, served by the Chase Youth Group, and to show their support for Blue and Ware.

Money raised from donations and a silent auction amounted to $2,663. The proceeds will help cover mounting medical costs as Blue and Ware continue to recover injuries they received in a serious car accident they were injured in two months ago.

Benefit-goers were delighted to see both Blue and Ware at the event. Both ladies have made some recovery but are still on the mend.

Ware, the Chase Township Library director, plans to work on library files at home until she is able to return to her position at the library.

Blue thanked the supporters for coming to the fundraising event, and despite her injuries from the accident, she counted her blessings.

“I am thankful that my hands didn’t get injured in any way,” she said. “I am able to continue to play the keyboard at churches and events.”

The Rev. Lyle Ball, who leads the congregations at the Chase Barton United Methodist and the Baldwin Covenant Community United Methodist Church, was pleased with the turnout.

“A very big thank you to all who had a part in the benefit tonight,” he said. “From kids to parents to community, it took everyone to make it so successful.”

Blue encouraged everyone to keep up the good work of reaching out to others as a community.

“We all need each other. I need you and you need me. We are all God’s children,” she said.