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Event to benefit McHenry girl’s family

McHENRY – A fundraising event today featuring a visit from a Chicago Bears lineman will benefit the family of Dayana Garcia, the 12-year-old McHenry girl who died in a house fire earlier this month.

The benefit starts at 2 p.m. today. It includes a 2:30 p.m. Easter egg hunt for children 14 and younger, followed by a “fun fair” from 3 to 5 p.m.

The fair will feature moonwalks, face painting, games and photo opportunities with Bears center Roberto Garza.

The event will be at McHenry High School West Campus, 4724 W. Crystal Lake Road, and includes silent and live auctions beginning at 3 and 3:30 p.m., respectively.

Neighbors also are collecting clothing and household items for the family.

Garcia, who was enrolled in seventh grade at Parkland Middle School, died March 8 after a fire started in a downstairs living room of her McHenry home.

Garcia’s parents and three brothers – ages 4, 6 and 18 – escaped by jumping out of a second-floor window.

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