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Circle of Hope holds benefit for assistant principal
NEDERLAND- by Lauren Huet
A Nederland native who is used to lending a helping hand to others now finds herself receiving an outpouring of support from her community. The Circle of Hope group organized a benefit to help assistant principal of CO Wilson Middle School, Tina Oliver, who underwent brain surgery two weeks ago.
Its a very overwhelming feeling, just to think that people are coming out for you. Its hard to be on this side. When you do a job of service at work, at church, different places, it's hard to be on the other side, said Oliver.
The surgery removed a benign brain tumor and relieved pressure from her brain stem.
"Its been tough, Oliver said. I have a senior in high school and a fourth grader, and it's tough for them to start the first week of school with mom having surgery."
Surgery is not cheap, and the Circle of Hope is raising money to help cover the cost of Olivers medical expenses.
The Chairman of the Circle of Hope, Emmett Hollier, says they are happy to help.
"The unique story about Tina and her family is that they've done benefits for others. So it's kind of unique. It feels good for us to be able to do it for her, said Hollier.
Community members bought three-thousand links of sausage, 300 boudains, and drinks. They also bought and donated raffle items, all so that 100 percent of profits will go to the Olivers.
"The more important thing is today, said Hollier. She's going to see the community pour out. She's going to see people working these tables that don't even know her. They just came out to help, and that's more than money can buy."
Musicians, including Scott McGill, donated their services to the event as well, and played live music.
Oliver was touched. "I have a lot of parents and kids that are out here today, that are just here to give their time, which means so much. But I just want my kids to know that Im okay and I will be back."
The last event of the night was a car cruise up and down Nederland Avenue.