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“Benefit For Bella” Plans Are Underway

By Staff | May 6, 2008

Whenever a an individual falls on hard times in our rural area, the sense of community and compassion of the area residents always comes to the forefront to do what they can for the individual. After a single vehicle crash on April 28 near Graettinger, the Emmetsburg High Scool family is pulling togehter in an effort to help one of their own.

Isabel Buerger, or Bella, as she is known to her classmates at Emmetsburg High School, sustained a broken ankle and other head injuries when the vehicle she was driving flipped on a gravel road.

Due to the nature of her injuries, Bella was life-flighted by Mayo Air Medical Transport shortly after the accident to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn for treatment.

Bella was released from St. Mary’s at mid-week, to return to Emmetsburg and the home of her host-parents, Mark and Deb Walsh.

Deb Walsh reported that Bella is very shaken by the accident and will need surgery to pin her broken ankle, which was planned for this week.

However, medical insurance will not meet the costs incurred by Bella’s family in Germany.

With that thought in mind, students at Emmetsburg High School and classmates of the petite girl have started several fund raising efforts to aid their friend.

At this weekend’s Pops Concert, donation containers will be available for the public, and a special silent auction is being organized for the two evenings of the Pops Concert.

Anyone who would be interested in donating items to the silent auction is asked to contact Sara Schay at 712-363-1518, or Renata Moore at the Emmetsburg High School, at 712-852-2966.

Donation jars are making the circuit at the high school, and baked goods are being sold during third and seventh hour study halls, with all proceeds going to Bella.

Proceeds from concessions sold during next Monday’sJunior High Track Meet with Estherville LIncoln Central are being earmarked for the fundraiser, and all high school volleyball teams planning on participating in the upcoming Spring Fling competition will pay an entry fee of $15 per team for Bella.

Special T-Shirts are also being sold for the fund raiser as well.

While Bella is recovering from the physical injuries, she is still quite shaken by the experience, according to host mother Deb Walsh.

Additionally, Bella will be returning to Germany this week for the surgery to pin her ankle.

Anyone from the public who would like to donate to the fund, may send their donations to the Emmetsburg High School at 5th and King Streets. Please label your donations as “Benefit for Bella”