ELIOT, Maine — Fine Tone Fitness is hosting a Zumba Dance Party fundraiser to benefit the Caulfield family, who lost their home in town to a fire in August.
The event will is Sunday Oct. 13 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Christian Life Church, 775 Harold Dow Highway in Eliot. The doors will open at 2 p.m. and a minimum $20 donation is suggested.
The Caulfield family includes Mary Caulfield, her son in law Adam Skelton, and his 7-year-old adopted daughter Autumn, who is autistic. Only five months before the fire, Skelton’s wife, Kerry Halley-Skelton, died from heart failure at age 49, after a long struggle with pain.
On the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 18, Adam got the call from neighbors that his Courtney Lane home was on fire and first responders were on scene. The family had just returned from a camping trip and decided to go out for some shopping. When they returned home, the house was already a total loss.
There were no injuries from the fire but the family’s dog and three cats died.
The family has no insurance, and their home was a total loss. Skelton estimates it will cost $70,000 to $90,000 to rebuild their home, not including any furnishings. Skelton is a retired firefighter on disability, and Caulfield is also retired. The Caulfields live solely on Skelton’s disability and Caulfield’s Social Security payments.
Caulfield has lived with the Skeltons for the last three years since they moved from Massachusetts to help keep an eye on and take care of Autumn. Autumn requires around-the-clock care from Skelton or Caulfield, so their financial resources are limited.
The Caulfield family is currently living temporarily in an RV on their property, and they are hoping their old home that was destroyed by the fire will be removed soon so they can begin rebuilding.
There are more than 60 local and non-local businesses that have donated items for the raffle and silent auction. All proceeds will go directly to the Caulfield family.