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Vanderbilt Restaurant Held Benefit Dinner for Fire Victims

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A northern Michigan community held a benefit Thursday night to raise money for the victims of a deadly fire.

Sharolyn Betterly was sleeping in an upstairs bedroom early Sunday morning when a fire sparked at her son's home.

Firefighters say there was nothing they could do to save her from the home in Vanderbilt. Sharolyn's son and his family were able to escape.

Mill Street Pizza and Diner heard what happened and wanted to help. The restaurant turned its visit with Santa dinner into a benefit. Workers collected toys for the family and will donate money from the photo sales.

"We've had a donation jar here all week. We've got gift cards, cash. We've had ladies bring in boxes of can goods and dried food, clothing from the local church," said Mill Street manager Ryan Cottrell.

The family was not able to attend the fundraiser. Organizers say they are just trying to find a way to move forward.

Kyle Mitchell and photojournalist Jacob Johnson have more from Otsego County.

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