Saturday fundraiser in remembrance of Tony Bunn

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A local group called Emma's Army is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday in remembrance of Anthony 'Tony' Bunn. 

Over the weekend, the two-year-old died from suspected child abuse while under the care of his mother and her boyfriend.

"Anytime that we hear about a child, it's like pouring salt on a wound that never heals. Then we go into planning mode pretty much instantly," said Tiffany Rufe, member of Emma's Army and organizer of the "Remember Tony Day."

Rufe is organizing the "Remember Tony Day" on Saturday, May 12, starting at 3 p.m. 

It will begin with a car wash and bike runs that will take place at the Auto Zone, 425 N. West. The bike runs will end at Champs Bar & Grill, 1106 S. Seneca, where a silent auction and benefit concert will begin at 8 p.m. 

The fundraiser will help pay for expenses medical and funeral expenses.

"The outpouring of love for Tony is unbelievable. I just want everybody to know we appreciate everything that's going on with that," said Zak Woolheater, Tony's grandfather.

Woolheater hopes his grandson's story will remind people to report suspected child abuse.

"Everything that comes out of this, will go towards the fight of this cause. I won't stop until it is completely eradicated," said Woolheater. His family has organized a PayPal group via

Elizabeth Woolheater, and her boyfriend, Lucas Diel, were charged with first degree murder on Wednesday. The couple are being held on $250,000 bonds at the Sedgwick County Jail. They were granted court appointed attorneys and are scheduled back in court on May 23.

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