Lenoir-Rhyne benefit to feature hero of ‘13 Hours in Benghazi’

Ashley Casey
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Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory will host a fundraiser Wednesday night for the family of its football team’s defensive coordinator, Tom Casey, whose daughter Ashley faces a second battle with leukemia.

The fundraiser will feature former Army Ranger Kris “Tanto” Paronto, the subject and co-author of the best-selling book “13 Hours in Benghazi.”

The book chronicles the heroic efforts to save American diplomats during the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya. The story is the subject of the motion picture “13 Hours,” scheduled for release in January.

Paronto will speak in the university’s Belk Centrum at 7 p.m. and then be available to sign copies of the book.

A VIP event is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. at the Bears Club hospitality tent behind the McCrorie Center. That event will include a catered meal courtesy of Countryside BBQ and a chance to meet and take photos with Paronto. Cost for the VIP event is $40 per person or $75 per couple.

Donations will be accepted in the lobby of Belk Centrum in lieu of an admission fee to Paronto’s speech. All proceeds from the speech and VIP event will benefit the Ashley Casey Fund.

Details: 828-328-7130.

Anyone who can’t attend but would like to support Ashley in her fight can donate at www.gofundme.com/AshleyCasey or mail donations to Ashley Casey Fund, c/o Members Credit Union, 2142 12th Ave. NE, Hickory, NC 28601.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak