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The Beacon is inviting the community to have some fun and help us help a co-worker.

Spooky Yoga in Costume for a Cause is a fundraiser for a longtime Beacon team member who recently received a devastating health diagnosis and had to suddenly stop working. She had no health insurance.

Funds raised at Spooky Yoga will help our team member with medical bills, food and gasoline money during this challenging time.

Everyone is invited to dress up in Halloween costumes and come to the Artisan Alley Garage for a yoga class, a silent auction, and food and drinks. The event is planned at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Artisan Alley Garage is directly behind The Beacon newspaper at 110 W. New York Ave.

The fundraiser is being organized by DeLand yoga teacher Anna Collins, owner of You Do You Yoga and daughter of Beacon publisher Barb Shepherd. Participation in the yoga class she will lead at the event is optional.

Several DeLand-area businesses have chipped in to help.

Items in the silent auction include a four-day vacation stay, a $50 gasoline card, a $30 gift certificate from DeLand Fish House, an oil change, a Booze Basket, a drone-photography session, yoga classes, personal-training sessions, neurofeedback sessions, hair products, jewelry, a golf foursome and cart fees at Victoria Hills Golf Club, MainStreet Bucks and a $50 gift certificate to BakeChop.

Harmony n Love Catering is donating finger foods to the event.

Tickets to Spooky Yoga cost $20. They may be purchased online via the You Do You Yoga page on Facebook, at The Beacon newspaper office, or at the door.

Our co-worker asked that her name not be used, to protect her family’s privacy. We appreciate your support.

— Barb Shepherd

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Barb and her husband, Jeff, were both born in Kokomo, Indiana, a factory town surrounded by cornfields about 50 miles north of Indianapolis. In 1979, they set out on a road trip that would define their lives, and would end with their taking up residence in DeLand. After working at the DeLand Sun News and the Orlando Sentinel 1979-92, Barb helped found The Beacon, and was appointed publisher and CEO in 2013. Since late 2004, Barb has also managed Conrad Realty Co.’s historic property in Downtown DeLand, where The Beacon is an anchor tenant.

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