Fundraisers benefit child abuse victim
Donations assist with family expenses
Thursday, March 16, 2017 1:00 AM
Whenever there's a crisis, the Lovelock community comes together and did so again last week. Two fundraisers will assist with travel and other expenses for 15-month-old Skylar O'Kelley and her family. The youngster is undergoing medical treatment for head injuries as a result of alleged child abuse.
Volunteers Barrie Medeiros and her daughter Alyssa Medeiros prepare ravioli dinners to go during last week's fundraiser at Temptations for 15-month-old Skylar O'Kelley and her mother Danielle Steele.
After the child was hospitalized in February, her father Tyler O'Kelley and his girlfriend Brandi Islas were arrested and remain incarcerated in the county jail with arraignments pending in district court.
After medical treatment for a fractured skull at the Renown Medical Center in Reno, Skylar has undergone physical therapy at the Children's Primary Hospital in Salt Lake City. The child' internal head injuries may result in permanent hearing loss according to friends of her mother Danielle Steele.
Temptations owner Patty Burke hosted a ravioli feed for Steele and her daughter. With the help of staff and volunteers, Burke served 160 meals but the total collected was unknown on Monday. Donations are still being accepted for the “Temptations for Skylar” Wells Fargo bank account that has reached $1100.
Danielle Steele is a valued Temptations employee and her job will remain secure according to Burke.
“Danielle has worked for us for over a year and has become a vital part of our Temptations team,” Burke says on her Facebook page. “We miss her happy smile and her helpful way but we know she is where she needs to be helping her daughter heal.”
A second fundraiser dinner for Steele and her daughter was organized by family friend Danyel Mazza. Domestic Violence Intervention and Pershing General Hospital staff were among those who assisted the expenses and labor for Saturday night's spaghetti feed at the Catholic Hall in Lovelock.
“I'm doing this because I'm friends with Danielle and Skylar is very close to our family,” Mazza said before the event. “We just want to help them out in any way that we can. It is pretty much for anything that they need or that Skylar needs. I want to thank everybody for coming together for this.”
Even after Steele and her daughter return to Lovelock from Salt Lake City, the family's out-of-town travel and other expenses will continue as Skylar will need additional specialized therapy, Burke said.