In the wake of the recent crash that killed Ryan and Karen English in Wells Township, a number of fundraising events have been organized to support their three children tragically left behind.

The Williamsport couple was killed March 1 in a two-car accident on State Route 328 in Wells Township, said Bradford County Coroner Tom Carman.

According to Christina Sonsire, a partner at the Ziff Law Firm and attorney for the Estate of Karen English and the three children, "the outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming to everyone who loved Karen and Ryan. It has simply been amazing to see how the community has come together to help the children in this time of unspeakable sadness."

The list below details the efforts being made presently:

A raffle with dozens of locally donated items will be held on March 22 at the First Arena at the end of the second period during the Elmira Jackals game. Raffle tickets will cost $10.00 each and can be purchased in advance or the night of the game. The event is being organized by Andrea Spirawk (607-425-1931) and Tom Clayton (607-684-5111). Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket ahead of time can contact Ms. Spirawk or Mr. Clayton directly.

A Memorial Gala in honor of Ryan and Karen English will be held at Tag's restaurant from 4-8 p.m. on April 20. The event will include a buffet style meal, cash bar, DJ, face painting, a raffle and a silent auction. Admission is $25.00 (single adult), $35.00 (couple), and $50.00 (family of two adults and children over 16). Kids under are free. Donations will be accepted at the door by cash, credit card or check. For further information contact Amanda Simpson at

Anyone wishing to make a contribution directly to the children can do so by mailing a check made payable to the English/McWhorter Trust Fund to either the Ziff Law Firm, 303 William St., Elmira, N.Y. 14902 or Barton, Smith, & Barton, 304 E. Church St., Elmira, N.Y. 14901. Attorney Paul Barton represents the estate of Ryan English. Donations can be made online at

Anyone who has already organized an event or who wishes to do so is urged to contact Attorney Sonsire at (607) 733-8866 or so that the efforts can be coordinated.

Submitted by Christina Sonsire