Fox family friends to initiate fundraiser for kids' education fund

Oct. 25, 2011 at 5:25 a.m.

Friends of the Craig Fox family want to continue the father's resilient influence on his two children, Tanner, 17 and Bailey, 13.

Fox died in August after nearly four years of living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

"They're great kids," Jeff Svetlik, Fox's friend and co-worker said. "Craig never gave up fighting. He had such a positive outlook throughout the illness, and that carried all the way to his kids."

Svetlik and about 20 other people have been organizing a fundraiser for the family since about a week before Craig died.

After the funeral, Svetlik said he heard Fox's parents, W.J. and Peggy Fox, were telling people to give any of their donations to the kids' college fund, which the Advocate set up.

The "Friends of Fox Family Scholarship Fundraiser" on Sunday will feature 400 pounds of brisket, 125 pounds of sausage, 100 pounds of beans and 350 pounds of potatoes.

"I wasn't expecting that big of a turnout," Svetlik said, taking a break from making a barbecue pit fit for the overwhelming response.

By Wednesday, the crew of Fox friends were expecting to make at least 750 plates from pre-sold tickets.

The Fox children lost their mother to a heart attack in 2005, and Svetlik said the funds from the Sunday barbecue will help the grandparents put Tanner and Bailey through college.

After all, Tanner and Bailey were the ones taking care of their father during his illness.

"I thought it was awesome of those kids to step up the way they did," Svetlik said. "They'd do anything for their dad."



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