Maple Grove Fundraiser Benefits Children of Drunk Driving Victim
Community members are coming together to support the family of a woman killed last winter in a drunken driving crash.
A fundraiser will take place tonight for the children of 54-year-old Ann Blake. Blake was walking on a sidewalk in Maple Grove last January when she was hit and killed by 61-year-old Linda Lee Hamm of Maple Grove. Hamm’s blood-alcohol content was 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Hamm pleaded guilty to driving drunk and killing Blake. Judge Daniel Moreno sentenced Hamm to eight years in prison but stayed that for 10 years and ordered her to serve one year in the Hennepin County workhouse. Hamm also cannot use alcohol or non-prescribed drugs and must perform 120 hours of community service.
Family members say Blake had two children and lost her husband four months prior to the crash after a 10-month battle with cancer. She was known as an advocate for children with autism because her son is autistic.
The fundraiser is a silent auction taking place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Rush Creek Golf Course in Maple Grove.
The Blake Children’s Fund has been set up in care of Grace Lutheran Church, 13655 Round Lake Blvd., Northwest Andover, MN 55304.
For more information about the fundraiser, call 7633-242-2078 or visit facebook.com/blakefamilytrust.