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County helps out Hernandez family relief a

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In the weeks since New Castle lost three members of the Hernandez family — Kimberly, 7, Brizeyda, 15, and their grandfather Eugino Hernandez Altamirano, 63 — local organizations continue to work together to try to provide money, food and anything else the Hernandez family may need.

On Oct. 20, the monthly Ritter Plaza Music Series will become a fundraiser for the Hernandez family.

“I was feeling helpless as a mother and just started reaching out to other New Castle business owners, and it just skyrocketed from there,” said Michelle Cox, owner of New Castle Gardens, who is helping to organize the event.

Seven members of the family were in an SUV that struck a 300-pound bear on Interstate 70 outside of Rifle on Sept. 29. The four other occupants were injured.

Family member Heidi Nunez updated that the youngest son, Pancho, was doing much better after being in a medically-induced coma following the accident.

She visited him in the hospital in Denver on Sunday and said “he is coming along well. He wants to get out of his chair and is able to throw a ball. He is able to say a few words and is healing well.”

His grandmother is also doing much better, but “it will just be a long recovery for both.”

Both of the parents remained in Denver with Pancho as of Sunday.

A funeral for the grandfather, Eugino Hernandez Altamirano, was held in Carbondale last Wednesday. The funeral for the two girls has not yet been planned.

Kimberly and Brizeyda both attended New Castle-area schools, and their grandfather lived in El Jebel.

Days after the accident, Cox began an email thread with several business owners, town officials and others who wanted to help. Nearly 100 separate businesses, officials and concerned members of the community got involved. On Tuesday organizers for the event met to discuss the details for the event.

“The community outreach has been unbelievable,” Cox said. “Everybody from all crosses of life are coming together for the family.”

Those looking to help out should mark Friday, Oct. 20, on their calendars.

Usually hosted at Ritter Plaza, October’s New Castle’s Ritter Plaza Music Series has been moved to Burning Mountain Park and community members will look to make it as big of a fundraiser as possible.

“It happened so quickly and so many people volunteered that we decided to move it to Burning Mountain Park,” said organizer Ryan Wilch. “We decided to have a silent auction because we heard from so many businesses across the valley.”

Those looking to donate to the silent auction should bring items to New Castle Gardens to be sold next Friday.

Cox said that thus far she has received many gift certificates from local businesses and art from across the valley.

Games will be in place for kids and Wilch and organizer Susane Ruggles are looking to bring face-painting, balloon animals and other activities to make it a family-friendly event.

Organizers also hope to make the event a potluck and ask those that plan to attend to bring items for food donations. There will be a suggested donation of $10 for those in attendance.

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