Fundraiser to benefit fire victims

Friends of the two Faith Avenue residents who lost all their possessions in a fire in September are holding a fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday at the Jackson Wellsprings.

"It deeply saddened me to find out that their house burned down," said Beau Sheppard, the lead singer of Infusion, who will perform at the fundraiser. "That alone is catastrophic, and coupled with the fact that you're fighting cancer, that really just throws an extra twist on it."

Sheppard has known Jewel Heydon for just more than a year, but he said there was no question in his mind that he would perform to help her get back on her feet.

"Jewel is an especially charismatic and beautiful person through and through. I know that when I'm around her I feel good just by her vibe."

Heydon and Ryan Finney, who also lived on Faith Avenue, are staying at Heydon's mother's house and are preparing to move to a Rogue River house.

"We knew we were a few weeks away from closing escrow when our house burned down, and we've just been looking at this experience as a way to create a swift transition," Heydon said. "You can't hold on to anything that doesn't need to be around anymore, and the things that mattered most survived."

Erin Pollinger, who managed the property on Faith Avenue owned by her father, is organizing the event. There are no hard feelings about the fire, as the fire department ruled that the cause of the fire was undetermined, she said.

"She's a friend of mine, and I thought it would be a good idea to raise money for them," Pollinger said.

So far, she has solicited donations from several community businesses, some of whom have not met Heydon.

"I don't personally know her but it sounds like an important cause and we're all about causes," said Gerry Lehrburger, who owns the Jackson Wellsprings and donated the space for the event. "I know they're members of our community who've had an unfortunate situation."

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