"This is our coping mechanism," Deboer said. "We were devastated and we wanted to do something."
DeBoer and more friends of the Parkers came up with the idea of a fundraiser for the Emilie Parker Foundation. The event was held Saturday morning at Ben Lomond High School.
Fundraiser included a silent auction, food, entertainment and a balloon launch to honor young Emilie.
Deboer said the proceeds will go to the Parker family and others affected by tragedy in Connecticut.
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