A young woman was murdered in Wheeling almost three years ago.
Now Ashley Blankenship's brother wants to start a charitable foundation in her name.
Charles Blankenship is planning an event at River City Ale Works to raise funds to start the foundation.
Blankenship has compelling reasons for wanting to help families in crisis.
When his sister was murdered in 2009, Blankenship said it crippled his family.
He said he missed a lot of work, so money was scarce and the family's utilities were shut off.
In the end, he even lost his cell phone and his car.
Because he knows what that's like, he wants to help people in crisis with nowhere to turn.
"I'd like to help a lot of families in the area who are in crisis," Blankenship said. "People dealing with a sudden death in the family, or a family member with cancer. Anything we can do to help people in the local area. I want to be like a safety net for when other organizations can't provide help, that's where our foundation will step in."
The fund raiser will begin at 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2. at River City Ale Works.
He says there will be a DJ, a Chinese auction, appetizers, beverages and dancing.
A $10 donation will get you into the event.
They say the proceeds will go to start the Ashley Blankenship Foundation.