Last updated: March 11. 2014 5:46PM - 781 Views
By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com



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Yadkin County and surrounding communities are continuing their support of the Bray family, particularly 6-year-old Kira who was severely injured in a car crash last month while on her way to a cheerleading competition.


“We go to these competitions and are very competitive with one another, but when a tragedy like this happens, the cheer community really comes together,” said Neely Fix, owner of Carolina Spirit Athletics.


On Saturday, Carolina Spirit Athletics and and Kira’s cheer team, Extreme Spirit AllStars, co-hosted a fundraiser for the Bray’s at Chick-fil-A on Hanes Mall Boulevard.


Tina Saliba has a daughter on the Carolina Spirit Athletics cheer team and was at the competition the day of Bray’s accident. Though Saliba didn’t know Kira or the Bray family, when she heard of what happened she knew immediately she wanted to help. Saliba’s neighbor owns the Chick-fil-A on Hanes Mall Boulevard and immediately agreed to help Saliba organize a fundraiser.


“It was just a really neat occasion and we’re just thankful that both cheer teams, the community and Chick-fil-A were able to make this work. Around 500 people participated in Saturday’s fundraiser at Chick-fil-A and Saliba said the group plans to host a second Chick-fil-A fundraiser soon.


Later this month the cheer groups will be holding an exhibition at Starmount High School to benefit the family. Extreme Spirit AllStars is hosting the event and other area cheerleaders and performers are invited to participate. There is a registration fee for groups who would like to be involved. The event will take place at 2 p.m. on March 22. Admission for guests is $5 which also will benefit the family.


Several other raffles and items are being sold to continue to raise money to aid the Bray’s with medical expenses.


SoyWorx Candles in Jonesville has created three special candles for Kira in her favorite colors of pink and purple. The candles come in three different scents and have a heart-shaped “get well soon” logo which features a photo of the family. The candles are $10 and all proceeds will go to the family.


Kelly Thompson, owner of SoyWorx, met the Bray family at Friendship Motor Speedway, where Kira’s father Joel is a race car driver. When Thompson heard of the accident she knew she wanted to help the family as well. She called the community outreach on Kira’s behalf “amazing.” The specialty candles are available at SoyWorx, located at 1821 Hwy. 67 in Jonesville.


Tickets for a gun raffle and Kindle Fire raffle, and “Pray for Kira” shirts are being sold. Family friends who are helping to organize these events also are requesting additional donations for a live auction that is scheduled for April 5 at Starmount Middle School. Donations so far include free hotel stays, Biltmore House tickets, NC Zoo tickets, furniture and more.


A motorcycle charity ride is scheduled for April 5 prior to the auction.


K.M.A. Salon, located at 2171 N. Bridge St. in Elkin, is offering pink hair extensions, Kira’s favorite color, so that patrons may show their support for her. The hair extension is $10 and proceeds also will go to the Bray family.


For additional details about upcoming fundraisers supporting Kira Bray, contact Regina Adkins at 336-466-1458 or Stephanie Hollbrook at 336-452-9320. A Facebook page also has been set up where friends and supporters can share information regarding the upcoming fundraisers for Kira. The Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Upcoming-fundraising-events-for-Bray-Family/403014276501589.


Kitsey E. Burns can be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

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