Franklin Elks Holding Benefit for Gina Nevin

FRANKLIN — A benefit for Gina Nevin is being held on Sunday, November 17 at the Elks Lodge in Franklin from 2-7 p.m.

There will be music, food and raffles and the benefit is open to the public. Children are welcome and the hall will be non-smoking. Tickets are available in advance or at the door for $10 per person and children under 10 are free.

Local businesses and individuals are asked to pitch in and help in making this event a success. Cash donations, gift certificates/cards or a gift basket with your company product will be accepted. All donations, big and small, are welcome.

Gina was severely injured in October 2009 when she was run over by an excavator. During the past four years, Gina has endured numerous mprocedures to repair the damage to her foot and leg. Most recently, she has had 3 surgeries in 10 weeks. On August 1,  had surgery to stretch her Achilles and remove hardware from a previous surgery. On October 14, she had knee surgery to remove "floating" cartilage and damaged cartliage on her knee capsule. Just one week later, on October 21, she had surgery on her foot in which they removed bones and replaced them with plates and pins.

This was a very invasive surgery with a lengthy healing process. Gina will need to learn to walk again and it will be approximately six months before physical therapy can begin. Doctors estimate that it will be a year before she is able to return to work.

Gina has been a resident of the area most of her life and has given tirelessly to anyone needing help. Now is the chance for the community to give back to one who will not ask for help and instead asks how she can help others.

Any monetary gifts can be made payable to ''Gina Nevin Benefit Fund'' and sent directly to Franklin Savings Bank, 387 Central Street, Franklin NH 03235.