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Several benefits planned for family of Niles crash victims

Published 7:13pm Thursday, September 13, 2012

The greater Niles community is putting on several benefits in support of the family of the young victims of Tuesday’s deadly car accident in Howard Township.

Julianna Brown

Niles sisters, Julianna Brown, 9, and Sophia True, 6, were killed in an accident at the intersection of Leet Road and Michigan Highway 60. Another sister, Penelope True, 4, remains in critical condition.

Julianna and Sophie attended Howard-Ellis Elementary and Penelope is enrolled at Northside.

Below is a list of known benefits or fundraisers for the family of the victims:

• Wings Etc., Niles — A benefit for the family of Sophia True and Julianna Brown will be held Tuesday at Wings Etc. of Niles, 2008 S. 11th St., Niles. All day long, 10 percent of your bill will go toward the family of the girls who died in Tuesday’s car accident.

• Softball Tournament, Buchanan — A one-pitch “superdraft” softball tournament will be held Sept. 29 to benefit the family of Julianna Brown, Sophia True and Penelope True. The tournament begins at 9 a.m., but participants are asked to show up by 8:30 a.m. Cost is $15 per person with all proceeds going to the family. To participate, send an email to Please include your name, the softball class you wish to be in (b, c, d, e, f or Rec.) and your sex. Payment can be made upon arrival on the morning of the tournament at the McCoy Creek Recreation

Sophia True

Area softball fields south of the high school. Participants will be assigned to a team that is evenly matched by skill level. Bats and balls are provided.

• Spa-Toe-Pia, Dowagiac — Spa-Toe-Pia, 56042 M-51 in Dowagiac, is taking donations for the family.

• Teacher’s Credit Union, Niles — An account has been set up in Kirk True’s name at TCU, 1500 S. 11th St. Donations can be mailed in, or, if you are a TCU member, you can call in a donation. Donations can also be given at the credit union.

• Just Teez’n Hair Salon, Niles — Just Teez’n will hold a “cut-a-thon” from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at the salon, 1717 Oak St. All proceeds go to the family. There is a minimum charge of $10 for haircuts. Donations also accepted.



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