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A Benefit for Hailey Kennedy

By CRA News Service

More than 100 supporters attended an evening of art, entertainment and music at William Debilzen Art Gallery downtown Delray Beach recently.

The event was a benefit for Hailey Kennedy, the 13-year-old Delray Beach girl, who was diagnosed with Acute myeloid leukemia.

Hailey is a gifted singer at Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach and she wants to someday be a singer. So it was only fitting that Jace Vek, a local accomplished musician, perform at her benefit. Vek wrote and performed a tribute to Hailey.

Local comedian and radio talk show host George DeMartino was the master of ceremonies.

DeMartino had 11-year-old Liam Asayat as his sidekick.

The aspiring musician and philanthropist has not had a birthday party since he was 6. Instead, he asked his friends to bring money, which he donated to other kids.

Liam recently performed with a band at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and raised $7,000, which was donated to a school in Pahokee.

“I always thought to myself, basically I have all the stuff I need… so I just gave it to other kids who don’t have it,” he said. “I give the schools money and sometimes I give it to the food bank because I want to help the homeless.”

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