Fundraiser for Bradley-Rink family on Saturday |

Fundraiser for Bradley-Rink family on Saturday

Graham Mesa Elementary launched around 500 balloons in memory of teacher Lori Rink.
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Friends of Lori Rink and Amelia Bradley will have a chance to remember the mother and daughter in a benefit dinner and dance Saturday night.

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Farm Fresh Café and Steakhouse, and will include a spaghetti dinner, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids in advance at the Rifle, New Castle or Battlement Mesa Alpine Bank branches, and $25/$15 at the door.

Rink, 44, and Amelia, 12, were passengers in the family’s 1999 Ford Explorer on Oct. 26 when it went out of control on Interstate 70 near New Castle, apparently after hitting standing water. The Colorado State Patrol said the Explorer was traveling west when the driver, Steve Bradley, Rink’s husband and Amelia’s father, lost control and traveled off the left side of the road.

The SUV spun through the median into the eastbound lanes. A 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe traveling east struck the passenger side of the Ford. The Tahoe then struck a 2005 Pontiac Vibe that also was traveling east.

Rink, a teacher at Graham Mesa Elementary School in Rifle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Amelia, a middle school student and active swimmer, died two weeks later at Children’s Hospital in Aurora.

The drivers of all three vehicles also were hospitalized with injuries but survived.

Although the dinner was initially planned as a benefit for Amelia, organizers chose to continue the event after her passing.

“This is the best way I know to honor them,” said family friend Tanya Dunbar, “It’s a chance for people to get together and celebrate their lives and remember them, and also to help out Steve.”

There’s also an Alpine Bank benefit account under the name of Tanya Dunbar FBO Steve Bradley, Lori Rink and Amelia Elizabeth Bradley, as well as a crowdfunding effort at

“People have been really supportive,” said Dunbar. “A lot of people knew them, and it was so unexpected. They were just a wonderful family. It really is a big loss to the community.”

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