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How to help

The Remalia family of Waldorf lost their home and all of their belongings in a fire April 14.

Three fundraisers are being planned to help the family recover from the tragedy.

Go to www.gofundme.com and enter Remalia in the search engine to donate money or items.

A benefit baseball game to raise money for the family will be 3 p.m. May 3 at Regency Furniture Stadium, 11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf.

A community yard, craft and vendor sale sponsored by Destination Imagination and the Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School community will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 10 in the school’s parking lot, 2820 Jenifer School Lane, Waldorf. Rain date will be May 17.

A dinner theater will be 6:30-8 p.m. May 16 in the Jenifer ES cafeteria. “Back to the Summer” will be performed by Jenifer students. Tickets ordered by May 12 are $8 per adult and $5 per child. Tickets at the door will be $10 per adult. Call the school at 301-392-9603 or email awarner-hofmann@ccboe.com.

A baseball game between the Frostburg University Bobcats and the Stevenson University Mustangs will be held at 3 p.m. May 3 at Regency Furniture Stadium to raise money for the Remalia family.

The Remalias lost their Waldorf home on Henry Court to a fire April 14.

“Obviously, it was terrible what happened,” Guy Robertson, coach of the Frostburg Bobcats, said. “And, we wanted to do something to help out.”

Brandon Remalia has played for the Bobcats for two years.

Saturday’s game has no admission fee, Robertson said, but cash donations are requested at the door for the family that has baseball in their blood.

“We thought this was the best way we could help out,” said Robertson, who added that the team would do whatever they could for any of its teammates.

Robertson said he hopes to raise at least $1,000 Saturday for the family.

“I think that would be awesome,” Robertson said. “Our goal is just to raise money.” Instead of spectators buying a ticket, Robertson said the money that would have been raised from ticket sales “hopefully goes home in the form of donations to the Remalia family.”

Carl and Kimberly Remalia have five children and had lived in their Waldorf home for 10 years when it is believed a charcoal grill sparked a fire on their back porch. Brandon Remalia, a senior at Frostburg, was away at school at the time. But, his three younger brothers and a sister, ages 10 to 19, were home, as well as two friends. Carl Remalia said no one was hurt in the fire.

“It’s going to take awhile to get back to normal,” Carl Remalia said of the fire that destroyed the family’s home and all of their belongings. For now, the family is staying at Joint Base Andrews in Camp Springs until they can find a rental home while their home is rebuilt on the same site.

Carl Remalia said baseball has helped his children to get back to normal. One son plays at the College of Southern Maryland, and another son plays in high school. Robertson said baseball is in the family’s blood.

Bernie Strachko, assistant coach of the Frostburg Bobcats, coached Brandon Remalia and younger brother Jeremy Remalia when they were members of the Chaney Enterprises American Legion team in Waldorf. He said he has coached Brandon Remalia since he was a sophomore in high school.

“I’m hoping [with Saturday’s fundraiser] we’ll be able to help a good family put their lives back together,” Strachko said, adding that Brandon and Jeremy have become a part of his family. Remalia family members always are seen together at games and practices, Strachko said, and do what they can to help out the Frostburg Bobcats.

Saturday’s fundraiser means a lot to the Remalia family, Carl Remalia said. The fundraiser shows that Brandon has the support of his teammates and that they also support his family.

“What they’re doing for us is a blessing,” Carl Remalia said.

Although they lost all of their belongings, he said he is thankful his family was unharmed.

“God blessed us and kept us all alive,” Carl Remalia said.

rbarnabi@somdnews.com