Jay and Stephanie McMahon and their two young children were enjoying Easter Sunday with family in Rapid City on April 1, when they received dreaded news by phone.
A neighbor called to report a fire at their rural Belle Fourche home.
“They headed home, but by the time they got home there wasn’t much anyone could do,” said Gail Ginsbach, Stephanie’s sister-in-law.
The family lost their home and all of their belongings in the fire. The cause hasn’t been determined, Gail said.
Now neighbors and friends are rallying to help the family on the long road to recovery, with a GoFundMe webpage and a benefit dinner and auction set for April 21 at the Newell City Hall.
The family is staying with relatives. The McMahon Family Fund GoFundMe page had raised $1,165 of a $5,000 goal as of Wednesday morning.
The benefit on April 21 will include a free-will donation for dinner, along with silent and live auction.
Among the many donated auction items are night’s stays in Deadwood, restaurant meals, two loads of rock delivered by Croell Redi-Mix.
Stephanie’s parents donated a stud colt to be auctioned, Ginsbach said.
“Hopefully we can help them out with the financial strain,” Ginsbach said.
“We can’t get them their stuff back, but we can help so they can start over,” she said.