TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A charity event October 20 to benefit Kimberlie Gustwiller, a North Baltimore woman who police say lied about having cancer, will go on as planned but for a different cause.
"Devastated, mixed emotions, confused and everybody is probably scratching their heads saying, 'Why?," said Gary Bretz with the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
People in North Baltimore still do not know what to think of the news of Gustwiller. Gustwiller now faces 6-12 months in the county justice center for faking cancer and collecting thousands of dollars in donations.
"It's frustrating to know that someone tried to manipulate a bunch of folks. It's not something to play with," said Bretz.
The charity event will happen as planned but it will be held for people who truly need the help.
"Naturally, it's not going to be in her name. We will support a cancer fund. A lot of times we pick out a designated person. It would be nice if no one ever had cancer where we didn't have to have this event but that's what our organization stands for, we're people helping people," said Bretz.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles in North Baltimore was the sponsor of the original event and they will continue to sponsor the new event which they now have to plan from scratch. The event is three weeks away but they are confident it will be just as successful if not more.
"Every dollar we can raise certainly helps the cause somewhere along the line so I hope that this brings us a little more notoriety where we really do have a big event. We kind of had the wind pulled out of our sails on this whole event but we're going to make things happen," said Bretz.
The Eagles do not have all the details hashed out just yet but the event will go on as planned with food, entertainment and possible auction.
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