It is with heavy hearts that a benefit for a Slatington toddler will be held tonight in Coaldale.
The fundraiser will be held in memory of Anthony Pallone, starting at 8 p.m. at Paul Revere's Patriot Tavern, 151 Second Street.
Anthony was tragically shot to death while in his crib Oct. 6. His mother, Holly Pallone, 26, of 214 N. Walnut St., second floor apartment, has been charged by police with involuntary manslaughter.
Slatington police said Pallone was attempting to unload a .44-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in a bedroom and was seated on a bed next to the child's crib.
That's when the bullet entered and went through a mattress and into the crib striking Anthony, who was 19 months old.
The death was ruled a homicide.
April Stevens, of Lansford, who is the grandmother of Anthony, said the hope is that enough funds will be raised to help pay for his headstone, as well as the Griffiths Funeral Homes in Tamaqua, which is in charge of the burial.
"Everything helps," said Stevens, of Lansford. "We love and will always miss Anthony. It's just hard."
Stevens credited friends Alicia Serina and Jen Jones for helping her put the benefit together.
There is a $10 cover charge to attend. It will include an all-you-can-eat buffet, a $5 take-out plate, a DJ, and a raffling of baskets and gift certificates.
Checks or money orders may also be made out to E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home.