Benefit for Ashley Wolf, hurt in accident, set for Saturday
By AMY GRIGAS
Journal Staff Writer
MARQUETTE — A benefit is planned on Saturday for 15-year-old Ashley Wolf, an Ishpeming teen who was involved in a serious all-terrain vehicle accident on July 2.
The benefit will take place at the Ishpeming VFW Post 4573, located at 310 Bank St. in Ishpeming. Dinner will be served from 4-6 p.m.
“What happened to Ashley was horrendous, devastating, life-changing, but as a family, we have been blessed by the miracle of her life, the power of prayer, the skill of her surgical team and the relentless devotion of her nurses in saving her life,” said Jennifer Bennon, Wolf’s grandmother.
Wolf, a sophomore at Ishpeming High School, currently remains hospitalized at UP Health System-Marquette.
All money raised will go toward the cost of the ambulance, medical bills, rehabilitation and any other medical costs that may come about during Wolf’s recovery, organizers said.
Organizers are overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses and individuals who have donated something special to the benefit, event organizer Kara Kjellman said.
Kjellman’s husband Kris came up with the idea to have a benefit for Wolf, she said.
The organizers include the Kjellmans — whose daughter Kayla is best friends with Ashley — as well as Liz Hangas, Vicki Tikkanen, Debbie Kinnunen, Peggy Racine, Jennifer Bennon, family and friends.
Kara Kjellman encourages people of all ages to come and enjoy Wolf’s benefit.
“We are looking forward to seeing friends and family,” she said.
Mama Russo’s will be catering, with attendees asked to contribute the cost for dinner on a donation basis.
There will be a cash bar, a 50/50 raffle and live entertainment provided by Black Pearl and Eli Wolf.
Team Ashley T-shirts from Yooper Shirts Inc. will be available to purchase at the benefit for $15. Raffle tickets will also be sold for prizes.
“The area businesses have been so giving in donations to Ashley’s benefit,” Kjellman said. “We have something for everyone to win in the raffles. Some of them include: a weekend stay at the Cedar Hurst Resort, a signed football from the Green Bay Packers, a night stay at the Pine Crest, artwork by Renee Michaud and tons of other great prizes.”
If you are unable to make it to the benefit, there is a GoFundMe page set up at www.gofundme.com/f/gofundme-for-ashley-wolf to donate or check on progress updates. You can visit the Ashley Wolf Benefit page on Facebook and also donate to Ashley Wolf at the Ishpeming TruNorth Credit Union.
“Overall, we just want everyone to have a great time and at the same time to raise money for Ashley’s medical and rehab expenses,” Kjellman said.
Amy Grigas can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.