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Helping her have a merry Christmas

December 22, 2012
By Scott Viau ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - A benefit was held Friday night at Michigan Technological University's Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts for Ana Olsson, a soon to be 4-year-old girl diagnosed with a rare brain tumor.

Olsson is currently undergoing treatment in Houston, Texas. The benefit is to defray the costs of treatment and travel.

The benefit consisted of a bake sale and silent auction.

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Patty and David Delisle of L’Anse stop by the benefit for Ana Olsson Friday night at the Rosza Center for Performing Arts in Houghton. Olsson, who will be turning 4 in a few days, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor and is currently in Austin, Texas, for treatment. The benefit is to help make a dent in the rising medical and travel costs.

"We have a nice variety of items people from the community have donated," said benefit organizer Joyce Smith.

Among the items available at the silent auction were a Green Bay Packers football autographed by the entire team, an autographed Detroit Red Wings hockey puck and other sports memorabilia.

"There's a little bit of everything," she said.

Smith said she felt helpless because a little girl was sick and wanted to do something, which is why she organized the event.

"It moves you deep within," Smith said. "... Many people quickly jumped on board."

Rozsa Center Marketing Manager Bethany Jones said the use of the lobby was donated for the benefit and a donation was given to the silent auction.

"We've done everything we can," Jones said.

In addition to the bake sale and silent auction, the event included a presentation of "The Night Before Christmas" by members of the Youth Dance Program, Dance Team and Cheer Team, as well as a screening of "Mickey's Christmas Carol."

A contribution by the Brule Family Foundation has also created what is called a "challenge donation." The foundation will make a $5 donation to the benefit for every ticket sold.

The goal for the event was to sell 1,000 tickets, which would result in a $5,000 donation to Ana Olsson's fund.

While the event is over, donations will still be accepted through the Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union under the Olsson Benefit.



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