Fundraiser to Benefit Family of Officer who Lost Battle with Cancer

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A Charlottesville restaurant is stepping up to help the family of a police officer who died from cancer with a special fundraiser.

Wayne Bettinger died Tuesday after battling cancer for six years. Now, restaurant owners want to make sure his family is still taken care of.

Moose's by the Creek has been planning its "Battle for the Bettingers Fundraiser" for some time to help with medical bills. This Saturday, August 16, the restaurant will be taking all tips and proceeds and donating them to the Bettinger family.

There will also be raffle prizes, cupcakes, and support bracelets for sale. Raffle items include a $500 gift certificate to Ben Around Tattoos, a University of Virginia World Series signed baseball, a Cody Purvis signed picture and CD, and much more.

Restaurant owners say Wayne Bettinger was a prominent member of the community, and they want to give back in some way.

"Wayne has been a patron for Moore's Creek for many years, and he's a great guy, and we figured his family would need the help and we want to be the ones to help them,” said co-owner Amy Benson.

Moose's will be collecting donations all week leading up to the big event Saturday.

The restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 16. For more information on the event, click here.

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