Fundraiser featured car wash and bake sale

Despite rainy weather, an effort to raise money to pay for a service dog for a Havelock boy with a seizure disorder garnered $2,800.

The car wash and bake sale was held at The Center of the Performing Arts in Havelock.

“It was just an amazing show from individuals in the community who came out to show their support and generosity,” said Mary Beth Beasley, owner of the business and dance instructor for Ayden Highsmith.

Highsmith, 4, helped other volunteers wash cars to raise the money for his new service dog Bandit, a Golden Retriever. The family needs about $4,000 to pay for the dog that will be trained alert caregivers to a seizure and assist the boy during one.

About 75 people came out to support the cause with checks and cash.

Bandit will start her service dog training in November with a local trainer.

“The kids were washing cars and they had quite the water fight afterwards but they went home really clean,” Beasley said.

Ayden is the son of Ashlynn and Zachary Highsmith, a Cherry Point Marine family.