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Updated: 10/07/2013 08:00:01AM

Event raises money for Wilson family

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Paul DeMello, founder of Just Against Children Drowning, attended the Sgt. Michael Wilson Celebration of Life Sunday to show his support to the Wilson family and participate in the event's bike run.

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Amy Mills shows off 4-year-old Shona Ortloff’s painted face Saturday during a fundraiser for the family of slain Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Michael Wilson at Schoolhouse Square in Charlotte Harbor.

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Walter Lane and Crystal Gilbert walk through the crowds selling raffle tickets.

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Isabella Fugit, 4, has help from Matt Hall building a sailboat at the Home Depot tent.

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Garrett Schlundt, 10, bounces down one of the many children’s games.

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Stephanie Goerl and her daughter Rebekah, 6, enjoy an ice cream at the fundraiser.

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Aaron Koch, and his daughter MacKayla, 3, watch as Ashligh Smith colors a pumpkin.

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Paul Demello poses with “Stoney” the official mascot of the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

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Isabelle DeGiorgio, 3, enjoys a pony rides courtesy of Horses For A Cure Sunday at the Sgt. Michael Wilson Celebration of Life Family Day & Music Festival in Charlotte Harbor.

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Doug Barrie holds the T-shirt designed by Matt McFadden of Level 5 Tattoo & Piercing for the fundraiser.

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Macyn Rawlinson, 7, enjoys one of the rides at the fundraiser to raise money for the Wilson family.

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Trying to stay atop the mechanical bull is 6-year-old Rachel Gonzalez.

By IAN ROSS

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CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Paul DeMello was just one of many who attended the benefit for the Sgt. Michael Wilson Celebration of Life Family Day & Music Festival on Sunday.

DeMello, who lost his 13-month-old twins when they drowned in a backyard pool in 2010, has devoted himself to filling the void of their absence. After his twin children drowned, DeMello organized a foundation called Just Against Children Drowning, which aims to educate families about CPR and pool safety and to provide needy families with pool barriers.

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