15th Taylor Richmond Benefit to help Buffalo City teen

Posted by HBC Newsdesk March 13, 2015

Saint Mary’s will present the 15th annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 21. The beneficiary of this year’s semi-formal dance—open to the public—is Conner Turnbell, 17, of Buffalo City, Wis., who was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepatitis this past summer. Autoimmune Hepatitis is a disease that causes the immune system to attack the liver. Turnbell is currently on medication to control his disease, but he could need a liver transplant in the future. Funds from the benefit dance will be used to offset his family’s medical and travel expenses.

Conner is the son of Craig and Michelle Turnbell; Michelle works for Chartwell’s Food Service on Saint Mary’s Winona campus.

The benefit has become an annual student tradition since its start in 2001 in honor of Taylor Richmond, son of Saint Mary’s staff member Nikki Richmond and Nick Richmond. Each year this event benefits someone in need who has ties to the Saint Mary’s community. Although Taylor passed away in 2014, his memory lives on at Saint Mary’s.

The dance, featuring music by the Johnny Holm Band, will be held in the gymnasium. Ticket prices are $15 per person or $30 for a couple. To purchase tickets or receive more information, contact Lance Thompson at 507-457-1686. Dance tickets will also be available at the door.

In combination with the dance, a silent auction will be held on campus from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 19-20. A variety of homemade goods, gift baskets and specialty items will be on display in the game room, located in the Toner Student Center. The public is welcome to bid. Donations are still needed.

To make a donation, send checks—payable to the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance—to Lance Thompson, Saint Mary’s University, 700 Terrace Heights #45, Winona, MN 55987.

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