Madison and Payton DesbiensSisters Madison and Payton Desbiens are the beneficiaries of a pasta dinner Friday.

Dinner to benefit orphaned social work student

A fundraising dinner Friday will support social work student Payton Desbiens and her 16-year-old sister Madison Desbiens, whose parents died seven weeks apart this fall. The family home was burglarized shortly after, reports Stacey Bellamy, an organizer of the November 27 event.

“They stole their mother’s jewelery, years of family photos, televisions—not to mention their peace of mind,” she says. “I’m a firm believer that it takes a community to raise a child, and these children need their community right now.”

The dinner promises pasta, salad, door prizes and raffles and begins at 5 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 777 Tecumseh Road West. Find details on the event and other ways to help at: