Southeastern PA

Fundraiser event for Lukens family hopes to raise $200,000

One week after a fire took the home of the Lukens family, and the lives of two young boys, the community still hasn't forgotten. 

Multiple groups dedicated to helping families of first responders and children in need are joining together to create a fundraiser at Valley Forge Casino Resort with a goal to reach $200,000. 

The fundraiser comes after a fire broke out in deputy sheriff Bryan Lukens' home just after 5 a.m. Dec. 13. The blaze not only destroyed the family's home, but took the lives of he and his wife's two sons -- Bryan Lukens Jr., 11, and Parker Lukens, 6. Their 9-year-old daughter Soffia was treated and released for her injuries.

After an investigation, the State Police Fire Marshal determined the cause of the fire was due to a space heater and extension cord. 

To date, a Luken's Family Relief Fund set up on GoFundMe has raised over $350,000. It started with a goal of at least $10,000.

The fundraiser at Valley Forge Casino Resort, "A Night for the Lukens Family", will take place Jan. 20 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m and is organized by the Montgomery County Hero Fund, Montgomery County District Attorney's Office "Wheels of Justice" team, Irish Pub Children's Foundation, and The A-Team. 

100 percent of all money raised through ticket sales, raffles and sponsorships will go directly to the Lukens family. 

Join in for a night of dancing to the band Wildflower and Showtime DJs Mike Valyo, food from over a dozen area restaurants and eateries, gift baskets to be raffled off and more. Special guest appearances will be named closer to the date. 

Tickets are $30 for first responders and $50 for the public. Tickets can be purchased, as well as sponsorships, on the Montgomery County Hero Fund's website.

Companies interested in sponsoring the event may contact Sharon Cullen at kreativeimpressions@gmail.com or call 610-496-9974.

Individuals interested in donating items for basket raffles can drop off items at the law offices of Cullen & Conwell at 40 E. Main Street, across from the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.

 


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