Hugs and bids: ‘Dynamic’ fundraiser for Baby Alana a sellout

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This inspirational donation from Teresa Shockley is among the auction items at the Hugs for Baby Alana fundraiser at Cripple Creek Country Club.

DAGSBORO – The list is almost mind-boggling: yard sales, bracelets sales, online clothing boutique, a GoFundMe donation site as well as auction event and other generous acts of charitable compassion.

Cripple Creek Country Club in Dagsboro this Sunday is the staging venue for another chapter of community support for an Ocean View couple and their 10-month-old baby girl whose extremely rare neurodegenerative disorder has given her a one-year life expectancy.

Six dozen silent auction items, two live auction items, a gift card wheel, 50/50 raffle, food, refreshments, DJ music, dancing, door prizes and a cash bar punctuate the menu for the Hugs for Alana auction fundraiser, which as of Monday is an official sellout.

All proceeds go to support Alexa Shoultes, Kyle Prettyman and their darling little girl, Alana Rose, whose “journey” has captured the hearts of so many.

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Alana Rose Prettyman

Such is the case at Dynamic Physical Therapy in the West Fenwick Shopping center where Ms. Shoultes is employed as a rehabilitation technician. She is currently on family/medical leave from Dynamic PT as well as her coaching position at Mid-Coast Gymnastics Studio in Selbyville to be with Alana, who spent 6 ½ weeks at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington and is now home under hospice care.

Mr. Prettyman is on leave from his construction job to be with their daughter.

Response to the cause has been incredible, said Maryann DiBonaventura, Regional Manager at Dynamic.

“It’s amazing; the people who come into the office and give a donation or do something … because it touches your heart,” said Ms. DiBonaventura. “That is happened with everybody at Dynamic … they had to do something. They kept saying, ‘We have to do something.’”

“Once we came up with the fundraiser it has put all of their negative energy into a positive thing, which is a good thing,” added Ms. DiBonaventura. “This has taken a piece of everybody’s heart.”

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Kyle Marvel is donating this hand-made longboard for Sunday’s fundraiser for Baby Alana in Dagsboro.

The fundraiser runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Temporary storage of donated silent auction items has extended beyond Ms. DiBonaventura’s office at Dynamic PT.

“We couldn’t put another thing in my office. We have to use another office,” she said.

Featured live auctions are dinner for six prepared by a chef from SoDel Concepts, and a $1,500 outdoor fire-pit with matching stone.

Through the generosity of the Dynamic Physical Therapy President Danny Bianco and senior management, all fundraiser/food expenses incurred are covered so that all other donations and monies will be a total profit for this family.

The DJ music is free of charge and area restaurants are also donating food, Ms. DiBonaventura said.

“And Cripple Creek is a great place. They cannot be more wonderful. They are going out of their way to make this happen,” said Ms. DiBonaventura. “They have done a great job in accommodating us.”

Efforts to assist this family in heart-breaking and difficult times dot the Sussex County landscape.

Successful social fundraisers have been held at Scotty’s Bayside Tavern and Summer Salts Café.

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This folding table, made by Jimmy Ricci, is among the more than six dozen auction items.

Special “xo Hugs for Baby Alana xo” bracelets are being sold at several locations, including Dynamic PT and Mid-Coast Gymnastics Studio in Selbyville.

The Afterschool Club of Hearts held a yard sale and continues to sell bracelets.

Last Saturday, waves of donations were made outside Hocker’s Super Store.

Donations can be made online at a GoFundMe Prayers for Alana Prettyman site –

A special Alana Prettyman account has been established at the Wells Fargo Bank in Millville. Donations can be made in person, or by sending a check payable to: Donation Account of Alana Prettyman, C/o Wells Fargo Bank Millville, 202 Atlantic Ave., Millville, DE 19967.

Donation collection cans have been placed in the Bethany, Ocean View, Millville and Fenwick.

And recently, a Hugs for Alana Online Boutique was launched, offering adorable tees in various styles/colors for ladies, men and kids with the “Hugs for Alana” inspirational message and unique Alana Sweet Feet Butterflies design.

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