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Community urged to attend Collier benefit

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The Colfax community will have a chance to give back on Friday, Aug. 5, when a benefit dinner-dance is held for Debbie Collier at the Sierra Vista Community Center. Collier, a Colfax native, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatments. To help defray the expected medical costs, Collier’s longtime friend Rhonda Ballenger has spearheaded the fundraiser. “We want to stand by Debbie in this tough time and be with her the whole way,” said Ballenger. “We’re hoping that everyone that knows Debbie will come out and make this fundraiser successful.” Collier graduated from Colfax High in 1980 where she was an all-league volleyball and softball player. Her husband, Jim, was a former football standout at Colfax and their three sons, Brad, Brian and Steven, were also outstanding players on some of the recent Falcons’ successful squads. A former varsity and JV girls volleyball coach at Colfax High, Collier was also a helping hand with the Falcons’ football program. “I don’t know how many hours we logged together in that football snack bar,” said Ballenger, herself the mother of two former CHS gridders. “Debbie was always there.” The benefit on Aug. 5 will start at 6 p.m. with a gourmet pasta dinner and dessert bar. Live dinner music will be provided by local musician Tim Aukerman. A silent auction and raffle will also be available and a no-host bar will be provided by the Colfax Lions Club. Dancing will follow from 8:30 to 11 p.m. with music being provided by Erin and The Project. Tickets are $25 general and $15 for seniors, and will be available at the door of by contacting Ballenger at (530) 913-5629 or Teresa Ysunza at (530) 320-5351. Persons wishing to offer silent auction or raffle items can also do so by contacting Ballenger. “We like to see a big turnout for Debbie,” said Ballenger. “We’re inviting everyone to come up and give support.”