Fundraiser set to help Evart family after barn fire

EVART — Friends are organizing a fundraiser to help an Evart family who experienced a devastating barn fire earlier this month.

On April 4, an electrical fire destroyed Bob Moot's barn on 30th Avenue in Evart. The fire killed between 60 and 70 animals, including sheep, goats, pigs and chickens. Farm equipment, toys, tools and vehicles also were lost in the fire.

Eric Hays and his wife are working on a fundraiser set for next month to assist with replacing some of the items for the Moot family.

"Bobby lost all his livestock and his daughter lost all her animals for 4-H," Hays said. "My wife and I decided we'd try to organize something to help them out."

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser is scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the Evart Moose Lodge, 8400 U.S. 10, in Evart. There also will be a silent auction and 50/50 raffle.

The dinner is by donation, Hays explained.

"We want people to give what they want to give from the heart," he said. "I prefer to let people make up their own mind regarding what they should give."

Hays is hoping to raise $2,500, but any amount of money will aid the family in rebuilding their lives.

Moot wants the money to go toward re-establishing his daughter 4-H stock and a barn for her animals.

"She really loves the fairs and it's something she looks forward to all year," he said. "She lost everything. Being able to rebuild for her is our top priority."

Anyone looking to make a monetary donation or contribute items to the silent auction should contact Kim Hays at (231) 408-0486.

"Bobby is a pretty well-liked guy in the area and we really are hoping for a good turnout for him," Eric Hays said. "We want to raise as much as we can."