MASON, Ohio - Two weekend fundraisers in Warren County are perfect examples of how the community continues to support the family of Sgt. Brian Dulle, a Warren County sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty in May.
A motorcycle ride on Saturday at Powder Keg Harley-Davidson in Mason will raise funds through registration of bikers, as well as a silent auction, basket raffle and split the pot.
Proceeds from this event will go directly to both Maddie's Hope, an organization established by the Dulle family to help fight childhood cancer, and the Dulle family. Maddie Dulle, Brian's daughter, successfully fought two bouts of cancer.
Gail Corrill is a cousin to Dulle's wife, Abbie. She is also treasurer of the Powder Keg hog chapter. She is helping to organize Saturday's event along with others from Powder Keg.
She said the idea for the event came from Brian, who first talked to a fellow deputy about a fundraiser for Maddie's Hope just a week before Dulle was killed while trying to place stop sticks to end a chase.
Family and friends are helping to see his dream fulfilled. Corrill said, "I know Brian would be right here with me. Anything I needed to be done, Brian was always there. I know that he's looking down on us. That's why it's going to be beautiful on Saturday. I just know he'll be here in spirit."
Volunteers came forward quickly to offer help or donations for the event. Corrill added, "Hopefully we have a good turnout on Saturday and we make some money for some good causes. Brian's shining down on us, looking down on us and smiling."
This is just one of many community fundraisers coordinated to help the Dulle family. "Brian was killed on May 10 and the support is still there and I don believe it will be there for a long, long time. said Corrill. "He was a great man, great father, husband and just an all-around good person."
Employees at Powder Keg are excited about the event. The 60-mile bike ride begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 27. People can register in person on Saturday morning at the motorcycle dealership located at 2383 Kings Center Court in Mason.
Alicia Capetillo hopes for a big crowd. She said, "It was so awesome to see so many people come to say I want to help with this, I want to be involved and it just really shows what kind of a man he was that so many people want to step up and fill in where he's left."
Dana Day, with Powder Keg, said it is wonderful to be a part of such a generous community. Day said, "Just to see the people come out to support the cause is wonderful and just to be involved in something that is so heart touching is great."
Just up the road in Lebanon, the owner of the Lebanon Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership on Main Street gave away a car as part of a raffle to benefit the Dulle family. Emma Dulle, Sgt. Dulle's daughter, pulled the winning card. The winner was Mike Campbell, from Fairfield. The dealership worked with the Warren County Sheriff's Office to sell tickets for the raffle. The fundraiser earned more than $30,000 for the Dulle family.
Bridget Reinberger, business operations manager at the dealership, said, "This is our heart and soul and when you hear about such a tragedy that occurred with the Dulle family, you want an opportunity to help."