8-Year-Old Hosts benefit for Big Lake family devastated by deadly fire

Updated: August 14, 2019 09:41 AM

An 8-year-old girl from Big Lake spent her summer raising money for a family devastated by a deadly fire.

On Saturday, community members attended a benefit in the small town northwest of Minneapolis to pitch in and help her meet her goal of $5,000.


In June, Serenity Boike began selling lemonade, cookies and bracelets on her driveway, with the proceeds going to a neighborhood family who lost two children in a fire in April.

Two-year-old Landon Parker and his 1-year-old sister Spencer died. Investigators believe their father Anthony Parker, set the home on fire. Parker later died at the hospital.

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The children's mother wasn't home at the time of the fire. Two other kids inside survived.

"At first, I thought no one would come and then a lot of people came," Boike said during an interview Saturday.

Big Lake Assistant Fire Chief Seth Hansen has followed Serenity's story from the beginning. He was also one of the first responders at the house fire.

"She's unbelievable," Hansen said. "I think she's helped bring the community back together."

The benefit, held at KJ's Refuge, featured a silent auction and the Serenity's Cause lemonade stand. For $5, patrons enjoyed unlimited lemonade.

Friend of the family Sam Vansteenwyk, who attended the benefit, said the support for this family is overwhelming.

"I can't believe how big the cause has gotten from just a little lemonade stand, to now we're having a big benefit," she said. "It's the little gestures that really mean the most to the family."

To donate to Boike's cause follow the link HERE.

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