The Duncan Banner
Friends of the family of Sarah Harper, girlfriend of Chris Lane, an Australian national who was shot and killed while running here Friday, took part in an impromptu fundraiser Saturday to help the family attend his memorial service in Australia.
The friends, who wished to remain anonymous, play golf with Harper’s father, Randy, at Duncan Golf & Tennis Club. Their plans to compete in a Saturday golf tournament turned into a spontaneous fundraiser.
“Everyone who came in and registered gave money,” said Mark Budler, assistant golf pro at the club, on Monday. He wasn’t certain of the amount the event raised, but said, “It raised a lot of money and there’s still money coming in. We even got some money today from Australia.”
Harper works in the pro shop and was on duty when Duncan police officers arrived to tell her news of the shooting. Budler said the workers and friends just want to help the Harpers make it overseas for the service.
“Most of those guys play together all the time,” he said. “If something happens, they always take care of each other.”
It is approximately $1,000 for a one person round trip flight to Australia. Budler said if anyone would like to make a donation, they are still taking them at the pro shop.
There will be fundraiser 5-9 p.m. tonight at Napolis Italian Restaurant. Forty percent of the profits earned during the four-hour period will be given to Sarah and her family. A donation jar will also be available.
“My husband was in a car accident in June and my hometown did fundraisers,” said Liz Hutto, an employee at Napolis who came up with the idea with the restaurant’s manager, Schanta McIntyre.
“We have done fundraisers before,” she said. “Sometimes you can’t do things by yourself and need help. I think, as a community, it is our duty to lend a hand when a family is in need.”
Healing Hands Family Medicine is taking donations and hope to raise $6,000 by Wednesday. Donations can be made between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Healing Hands at 1307 Jackie Rd, or call Vicki Lynch, for pick-up at 580-467-8707.
A benefit 5K run, honoring Lane’s athletic career, is being organized by Duncan resident Sonya Hill. Details remain incomplete, but her hopes are to stage the run Sept. 2, Lane’s 23rd birthday.
“I hope to get everything done by then,” Hill said. “Right now I am looking for sponsors and volunteers.
“My son is a runner and he has run down that road many times. He graduated with Sarah, so it hit close to home. I felt like I needed to get involved and take a leadership role for this 5K to get something started in his honor. There are a lot of runners in Duncan and you shouldn’t be scared to go run.”
Hill believes the Harper family will use the funds from the 5K to create a memorial scholarship in Lane’s memory. To get involved as a sponsor or volunteer, call Hill at 580-284-9375.