McHENRY – The dining room table of Aubrey Hennig’s home is covered in donations of raffle items, lemonade mix and stacks of cups.
The 11-year-old McHenry girl along with two of her friends, Baylon Diebold and Morgan LoManoco, started the Lemonade Brigade this past summer with the goal of using the proceeds from lemonade sales to help people in need.
The girls – and a growing number of friends and family – have new beneficiaries in mind. Through a series of events that kicked off Thursday, they’re raising money for the families of the two McHenry County sheriff’s deputies, Dwight Maness and Khalia Satkiewicz, who were shot last week in Holiday Hills as well as for the family of the man now sitting in McHenry County Jail on multiple charges related to the incident.
According to authorities, Scott B. Peters fired multiple rounds at officers who responded to his home for a domestic disturbance early Thursday morning.
The girl who was home at the time of the incident – and got out safely with her mother – attends McHenry Middle School with Aubrey and Baylon. Morgan goes to Parkland Middle School on the other side of town.
“She is probably a victim of it, too, and she probably witnessed it,” Aubrey said. “It was probably really hard for her to take it in. We just wanted to make her life a little bit better.”
The news was shocking enough to the girls.
Aubrey learned about the shooting while in gym class near the end of the day Thursday, she said. An announcement came over the loud speakers informing students they couldn’t walk home and that after-school activities were canceled.
Morgan, who moved to McHenry from Holiday Hills a few months ago, found out from her cousin who still lives there, she said. Her mother is friends with the family.
“I would have to take a couple deep breathes every once in a while,” Aubrey said.
Since then, it’s been a whirlwind of activities: asking for donations, buying lemonade and hot chocolate mix and coordinating with volunteers.
“This has become a very large, confusing endeavor, but it’s awesome” said Chrissy Christiansen, Aubrey’s mother who has helped the kids with the logistics. “But I almost wonder if I should have hired someone or something.”
The fundraisers started Thursday with a lemonade sale at the corner of Green Street and Larkin Lane, near Henning’s home. The proceeds will go to Maness and his family.
Maness sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and the back abdomen area. Maness’ leg injury required at least one surgery, and he was expected to undergo another.
The Lemonade Brigade will staff another lemonade stand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Holiday Hills Village Hall, 1304 Sunset Drive, to benefit the family of Peters.
They’ll then move to the McHenry Outdoor Theater near the concession stand, starting at 6:30 p.m. and staying through the double features running Friday and Saturday evening to raise money for Peters’ family. Every time someone buys the chocolate-covered pretzels or a glass of lemonade or hot chocolate, they’ll receive a raffle ticket toward classic horror movies donated by the theater.
Tickets for a separate raffle also will be available for purchase. Some of the items include treats donated by Kiera Confections, a gift card to Buddyz Pizzeria and a basket from Natural Therapy Wellness Center.
A final fundraiser on Sunday will benefit the family of Satkiewicz, who was also shot in the leg and has since been released from the hospital. A lemonade stand will be set up from noon to dusk on Green Street, just south of Larkin Lane.