Friends of Mara Nevins and Tori’s Angels Foundation will host a lunch benefit and silent auction on Saturday, June 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at A-D-M High School, 801 Nile Kinnick Drive in Adel. The free-will offering meal will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, ice cream, popcorn, and drinks. The silent auction will end at 1 p.m.


Four-year-old Mara is the daughter of Lyle and Brandi Nevins of Adel. Mara was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year and had surgery and radiation treatment at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. More recently, she has undergone chemotherapy at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines.


Tori’s Angels raises funds to help the families of their supported children who have life-threatening medical conditions. The foundation pays all medical expenses not covered by insurance, including travel expenses to treatment (airfare, hotel, meals), as well as medical co-pays and deductibles. Tori’s Angels is named for all the generous community “angels” who supported its original sponsored child, Tori Heckman of Guthrie Center, when she urgently needed heart surgery in Boston in 2011. The foundation now supports 21 children in Central Iowa and has sponsored a total of 27 children.


Those unable to attend the benefit and who wish to donate to help Mara and other Tori’s Angels children are invited to send donations to the foundation’s chairman, Bill Ridgley, at 4677 Panorama Dr, Panora IA, 50216. An online donation option is located on the Tori’s Angels Facebook page. Supporters can “Like” the Tori’s Angels Facebook page to receive regular updates on the children.


For more information about Tori’s Angels or to request an application for support, contact the foundation’s chairman, Bill Ridgley, at bridgley@netins.net or 712-249-6423.