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Brain tumor victim Elaine Beller benefit is March 30

With 18 years spent working for the Perham school district in the library media center, Elaine Beller has had a profound influence on the lives students, school staff members, and the citizens of Perham.

Elaine was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor, which has resulted in her undergoing numerous surgeries and multiple hospital stays. She recently fell and broke her hip, adding to the many complications she has endured since her first surgery.

According to her husband Tom, Elaine is currently in the hospital in Perham. She is getting over a battle with pneumonia.

In order to raise funds to help Elaine and her family with medical bills, several Perham school staff members have organized a benefit.

The Elaine Beller benefit will be held on Sunday, March 30 at Perham's Prairie Wind Middle School. The benefit and silent auction will go from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Soup, sandwiches, and dessert will be served.

Nearly 30 auction items have already been donated. Organizers are still encouraging donations, with a goal to receive another 25 items before the benefit.

Auction items include: a gourmet Emeril meal, quilt, cherry medicine cabinet, Troje Resort certificate, plane ride, gun rack, Timberwolves tickets, four rounds of golf at Lakeside, four Sunday brunches at Mulligan's, Shooting Star Casino package, PACC punch card, one week vacation at a Westgate Resort for up to six people, Bev Dolittle print, and a lathe-turned burl bowl.

Cash donations may be made at United Community Bank locations.

"I appreciate the generosity of the people from the school, the church, and the community," said Tom. "We both appreciate it so much."

"She was very popular with the students," said fellow school employee Wanda Kupferschmid. "She was always a listening ear, especially for the kids who may not have always had somebody to talk to."

For more information contact Deb Shannon at 218-346-1702 or