Family overwhelmed with love and support

An open letter to the people of Granite Falls regarding the shooting death of Martin Frank:

The people of Granite Falls are to be commended as community of the year. It began with offers of love and help to Gia Frank and the children in the very beginning of those dark days a few short weeks ago. We as a family could only have accomplished the tasks at hand because the community was there, wrapping Gia and the children in a cloak of love and support. Your gifts of time, cards, cooked meals, flowers, contributions and visits with your children was the beginning of the healing balm they need.

This outstanding attitude and support continued through Sept. 8 as a benefit for Gia and the children unfolded. The people attending the event made it a success. We want to thank everyone who worked hard on this event. Items donated for the auction and raffle came from Granite Falls businesses as well as surrounding area businesses including:

Granite Falls Natural Healing, Granite Falls Chiropractic, Conger’s Inn Bed and Breakfast, The Country Nook, The Sweet Shop, Brien Ford, Associated Sand and Gravel, Outback Steak House, Everett Floral, Lynnwood Guitar Center, Everett Vacuum, T.C. Landscaping, Inn at Port Gardner Bay,, Red Robin, Cutters on the Blvd, Silent T Studio’s, Snohomish Garden and Nursery, General Car Wash, Lorric Logging, Horse Country, Versase’s, New Century Auto, Porch Salon, Los Flamingos, Timberline Cafe, Deb’s Barber Shop, Pizza Time, Clear Water, Lochsloy Coffee, Verizon, Hairmasters, Red Apple Grocery, Pepsi, John L, Scott, Lake Mortgage, Pro Realty, Vidoeworks, Pharm-U-Save, Iron Mt. Quarry, Key Bank, Osgood Construction, Star 101.5, KMPS 94.1, Kathy and Dale Antonosen, Cheryl Drake, Craig Hansen.

A special thanks to Trish Osgood and Andie Murat for combining their skills and talents in organizing this wonderful event, the Greg Murat Band and Andie and Greg’s donation of the CD profiling the song he wrote for Gia (Andie sang this incredible song “Forever and a Day” at Frankie’s memorial service.) Greg’s area bandmates who are also members of Artists and Musicians Against Violence; Jimmy Culler, Mike Daily, Scott MacGougan, World Class Saxist Gordan Uchima, The Delivery Boys, (Dave Noren and Ron IInis), The Banana Brothers, Jimmie Wright, Phil Randoy, and Jamie Phalen donated their time and talents and performed throughout the day.

Signs at area businesses donating proceeds, teenage friends donating time to face paint, a fishpond for the wee ones, an artist sketching people, baked goods, people staying throughout the day to provide service, cooking hamburgers and hot dogs. The community of Granite Falls should be used as a role model of outreach and support for other communities. Words cannot express our deepest appreciation to you all. You bring honor to this community, and to the memory of our beloved son-in-law Frankie. On behalf of Gia and the children, we thank you.

On behalf of the Frank Family

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