The fundraiser will include live music. Organizers are actively working to finalize the entertainment lineup. Donations will be accepted. The funds raised will go Jessica Ridgeway's family.
There was some confusion initially about the family's approval of the event. The organizer of Purple Prayers for Jessica Ridgeway, Cathy Valentine, had been communicating with friends of the Ridgeway family. When 9NEWS initially asked the family about the event, a family spokesperson was unaware of the fundraiser. The family now supports the fundraising event and expressed their gratitude to the community.
"If somebody that was going to take advantage of a situation like this, they would not have even contacted the family. They just would have gone ahead and had a fundraiser and did what they do. That's not me," Valentine said.
Valentine is encouraging people attending the fundraiser to wear purple in memory of Jessica Ridgeway. Purple was Jessica's favorite color. Attendees are also encourage to wear the color green for all missing children.
Jessica was last seen on Oct. 5 on her way to school. Her body was discovered on Oct. 11. Austin Sigg, 17, was arrested in connection with Jessica's disappearance and murder.
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