Friends and family members are coming together to host several benefits for the Rock Hill mother and son who were brutally beaten early this month.
"Stop the Violence: A Benefit for Dawn and Christopher Faile" will take place at Fatbackz Grill in Richburg on Saturday.
On Feb. 1, deputies responded to an Elder Road home in Rock Hill and found Kimberly Dawn Faile-Bryant, 35, and her son severely beaten, according to reports. They were flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and released about a week later.
Danny Ray Pittman, 32, is charged with two counts of attempted murder and grand larceny, according to police documents. He is being held at the Moss Justice Center in York.
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Witnesses say Pittman was at the home around the time of the beating. Afterward, he was missing, along with Faile-Bryant's car.
The York County Sheriff's Office received information that Pittman was found in a mobile home park in Myrtle Beach. With the assistance of the Horry County Police, Pittman was taken into custody days after the incident. Faile-Bryant's car also was recovered.
Darla Muckenfuss has been a friend of Faile-Bryant's since middle school.
"It was the worst eight hours of my life," she said, referring to day she found out about the beating.
Muckenfuss, along with friends and family members Mary Melton, Kelly Kuamoo, Amanda Faile and Jennifer Haselden, banded together to ask businesses and residents to give whatever they could to help Faile-Bryant and her son.
"The turnout is unreal," Muckenfuss said. "You wouldn't believe all the things we've gotten. ... We wanted to do something immediately because we knew she needed immediate assistance."
So far, the group has collected gift cards and donations from places such as the Holiday Inn, Strikers, Kate's Skating Rink, Citizens Corner, Salon5 and more. Joker's Bar & Grill recently donated $500.
Prizes will be raffled off at Saturday's event, with tickets selling for $1 each.
Cheerleaders at Belleview Elementary School will sell bracelets for $1 that say "hope" and "belief" on them.
The benefit goal is about $3,000, Muckenfuss said.
Jules Raxter works with the Extended Biker Family, which coordinates with area nonprofit, biker-friendly private clubs to raise money for various causes. She is familiar with the family and is working on a benefit as well. So far, she has lined up three bands and a DJ.
Raxter has set up donation jars at various places around the area, including Endzone Sports Bar on Ebenezer Road, Storage Solutions in Newport and the Kickin' Pig on Cherry Road.
Local students will sell 1,000 bracelets that say 'Stop the Violence' on one side and 'Dawn and Christopher Faile' on the other.
"The community is heavily heartbroken over this," Raxter said. "It's just reached out and touched people."
Margaret Faile, Faile-Bryant's mother, said the family is grateful for the support.
"We're just overwhelmed with all of the support we're getting," she said.
She isn't sure if her daughter or grandson will be able to attend either benefit, but she said both are getting better every day.
Faile was especially grateful for her 11-year-old granddaughter, Stephanie, who called 911 when she found her mother and brother hurt.
"She didn't break down not one time," she said. "She even wrote a letter for the police officers for everything she remembered. I'm proud of her. She's a trouper."
Want to go?
What: Stop the Violence: A Benefit for Dawn and Christopher Faile
When: All day Saturday
Where: Fatbackz Grill, 3191 Lancaster Highway, Richburg
Information: 25-cent wings and drink specials with all proceeds going to the Faile family; 31 brand pocketbooks for sale; $1 raffle tickets for door prizes including salon gift baskets, restaurants gift cards and bowling passes