BRUCETON MILLS \u2014 A benefit Saturday for four Bruceton Mills boys involved in an auto accident raised $49,794 \u2014 and counting.\r\nMore than 1,000 meals were sold at the benefit, said Mandi Hall, one of the organizers of the Boys of Bruceton Benefit. And some people who came chose not to eat, so more than that attended.\r\nMore than 100 people of all ages volunteered to help with the event. They ranged from Preston County Senior Citizens members to\u00a0 Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy cadets.\r\n\u201cI can\u2019t tell you how many compliments we had on how respectful and how kind those kids were,\u201d Hall said Wednesday. \u201cThey jumped right in, just anything that we needed them to do.\u201d\r\nThe cadets helped set up tables, direct parking and anything else that was needed. The seniors helped with food service and other chores.\r\n\u201cIt was just a huge community effort. Just anybody jumped in and offered to help where it was needed,\u201d Hall said.\r\nAt the end of the day, as winning tickets were drawn for the more than 300 baskets and items donated, the tally raised was at $44,800. Master of ceremonies Wayne Conklin coached those remaining to donate, so that $45,000 was the total for the day.\r\nFunds also were donated before and since the dinner, to the total of $49,794. The families of the students involved in the accident can submit medical bills to the group, and the bills will be paid directly.\r\nFour Preston High students, all from the Bruceton area, were in a car that hit a tree after hydroplaning on W.Va. 26 at the intersection with Furfin Road on Feb. 6.\u00a0 Brayden Bishoff, 15,\u00a0 died of his injuries. Another boy is in rehab in Georgia, and two boys have been\u00a0 released from the hospital.\r\nHall said the benefit was organized by local people.\r\n\u201cIf it wasn\u2019t for this amazing group, I don\u2019t know how this would have even come together,\u201d she said.\r\nThe core group of organizers for Saturday\u2019s benefit were Leslie Mike Collins, Alysia Goodwin Funk, Mandi Hall, Kathy Kelly, Luciana Lowe, Ashley McCarty, Lori Morton-Smith, Stacy Snare, Anne Stammler and Stacy Zender.\r\nFundraising efforts for the families continue. An ATV poker run is planned April 6 beginning at The Tribute, 1661 Bolyard Road, Bruceton Mills.\r\nRegistration will begin at 11 a.m. and the ride at 1 p.m. The cost is $10 per rider, and food will be provided at the end of the ride.