IRON RIVER—The Windsor Center presents the Niles Hiltunen Benefit Concerts to be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5, children under 12 free.
The Niles Hiltunen Benefit Fund was started in May of 2009 when he died. He had autism and a seizure disorder. His death resulted from complications from a seizure and an allergic reaction to a medication. The event resulted in his brain not getting enough oxygen and he was declared brain dead. He was a total organ, bone and eye donor.
“We have been very fortunate to have met the woman who is his heart recipient,” said a family member.
“Our mission as a family, who lived with the challenges of having a child with special needs, was to give random acts of kindness donations that represent just a little hug from our family to theirs. We started a bank account in his name from the sympathy card donations, and have raised money through benefits. It is a grassroots effort but we have been able to directly help families and supporting organizations with more than $10,000 in random acts of kindness donations.”
Help is extended not only to individuals with mental disabilities, but those who may be experiencing a serious medical situation such as cancer, or organ transplants, or other serious disabling injuries.
“We are fortunate to know so many wonderfully talented people who have supported our mission,” said a family member.
The musicians have volunteered their talent for these two concerts. The first concert is Saturday, Nov. 23 and the special holiday concert will be on Sunday, Dec. 22.
Donations for The Niles Hiltunen Benefit Fund can also be made to the First National Bank of Iron Mountain.