By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter
CHEHALIS – For those who would like to help honor the memory of the Tower children who lost their lives last month in a Centralia house fire, a family fun day is set for Sunday.
The proceeds will benefit scholarships for children to go to Camp Cispus.
The event at the Northwest Sports Hub in Centralia runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Attendees will find carnival games, a magician, a balloon artist, a bouncy house, face painting and even a chance to learn to draw comics, said one of the organizers Amanda Berg.
Sue Tower, their mother, is a friend of hers, she said.
“A fun day, to come out and honor the kids,” Berg said.
Benjamin, 12, Madeline, 10, and Samuel Tower, 7, didn’t make it out of their split-level home on Ham Hill Road during a nighttime fire on March 4. Their mother told investigators she woke up in her lower level bedroom to a sound and tried to make it to her children on the top floor but couldn’t.
Ben went to Camp Cispus last year, and as a sixth grader, was very much looking forward to the springtime school trip to the east end center.
“The memories created last a lifetime,” Sue Tower wrote in a post on Facebook. “If parents can’t come up with the money it sometimes falls on the teachers and administrators reaching into their personal funds to help support.
“I know my children would be honored to know that all children – their friends would be able to go with out any financial stress.”
Berg said a silent auction will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m.
The cost for Sunday’s event is $5 per person or $20 for a family of five. Lunch isn’t covered, but will be available.
A dinner fundraiser was previously scheduled for Saturday night, but is being moved to October, according to Berg.
The Northwest Sports Hub is at 701 Allen Way, near Borst Park in Centralia.
A joint investigation into the cause of the blaze is being conducted by the Centralia Police Department and Riverside Fire Authority. No results as to the cause of the fire have been released, nor have the coroner’s findings as to the cause and manner of the three deaths.
For further information on the fun day, check its Facebook page