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Wednesday May 14th, 2014

Posted at 10:00am

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This past Saturday, a tragic accident on Highway 401 took the lives of 13-year-old Alyssa Smulders and her 35-year-old uncle Marc Lafontaine. 

Both were killed when a truck crossed the open median near Chatham.

In an effort to assist the family with funeral and living expenses, several benefits and a fund have been set up for those wishing to make donations.

A benefit dinner will be held at the Moose Lodge, located at 777 Tecumseh Road West on Friday May 30th at 6pm.  Tickets are $15 at the door, with $10 going to the family.

A benefit Poker tournament is being held at Lauzon Landing 1545 Lauzon Road, on Saturday May 31st, at 1pm. The tournament will have a buy-in of $50, with half the prize pool going to the family. There will be additional door prizes, and a portion of all food and beverage sales are going to the family.

Additionally, several funds have been set up to receive donations. You can donate online here.

As well, a trust account has been created. Donations can be made in person at any Bank of Montreal Branch, account: 3547 2 001 8984-416. Any cheques written can be made out to “IN TRUST ALYSSA.”

Finally, for those who are digitally savvy, a bitcoin donation wallet has been set up. You can find the QR code and more information at

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