Help Support the Family of Shirley Denning

For: Raelin Denning and Daimon Denning
Chandler, AZ
Organizer: Krista Bench
Help Support the Family of Shirley Denning (Raelin Denning and Daimon Denning)
of $40,000 goal
86% Complete
Raised by 353 donors

The Story

Thank you for visiting this page. The purpose of this site is to help financially support Shirley Denning's two children and due to overwhelming need, the goal has been increased to $40,000. 

Shirley Denning was killed in a car accident on Friday, July 28, 2017 on US93 near Wickenburg, AZ. The accident also took the life of her boyfriend, Alex Iafrate. They were on their way to see Shirley's children play in basketball tournaments in Las Vegas and to visit her mother, Grace. 

As a devoted mother, coach and teacher, Shirley's life was dedicated to children, especially her own daughter and son. While there are no words to describe the tremendous pain being felt by those who loved her, there are ways to help. This site has been set up to allow anyone to contribute financially to Shirley's family. Please help us spread the word. One of her life motto's was "Play Unified, Live Unified" - now is the time for us to come together and be Unified for Shirley

Please also consider giving to the Alex Iafrate Memorial Fund to help his family.

My name is Krista Bench, a longtime friend of Miss Shirley's and fellow basketball mom. I am working with Shirley's family to manage this site and provide updates. My prayers are with Shirley and Alex's families. Please contact me with any questions. 

Thank you on behalf of Shirley's family. All proceeds from this site will go to directly to the family of Shirley Denning.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 1, 2018


Posted on March 1, 2018

How does time keep moving on without you? It has been 7 months today and I am convinced more than ever that life was better with you in it for everyone you've touched.

About 1.5 weeks ago, I was with our cousins and saw this bear. It reminded me of you because you always sent me a picture of the kids with this bear. It was always so random and made me laugh. I told Raelin to send me selfies whenever she sees that bear. She was a little resistant at first but I convinced her to. Now, I just hope she remembers. I need to tell Daimon to do the same.

Our Pau Pau passed away recently and I know you would have had a hard time with that news. You loved her so much. When you loved, you loved hard. I'm unsure of the afterlife but I hope you are both at peace.

I'm trying my best to make sure the kids and our parents are doing ok. I'm more motivated for my future so I can be my best for them. Loving and missing you always. -Lil Sis

Posted on January 27, 2018


Posted on January 27, 2018

Hello everyone, I am Shirley Denning's lil sis. The wonderful Krista Bench who originally organized this fundraiser has transferred the account to me. I would like to continue updating so that everyone remembers Shirley and her kids.

Today is my nephew Daimon's 14th birthday. These are the photos she shared last year for his 13th and I wanted to share it again. Today he has a basketball tournament and we plan on going to dinner.

Tomorrow marks 6 months since Shirley has passed. It is still unreal to me and sometimes I think about how I could get her back like in TV shows or movies.

We are so grateful for everyone who has donated to the kids and I know my sister would be surprised and happy to know everyone who cared about her and continue to help. So far we have reached 82% of our goal and my mission is to reach our goal entirely by the end of the year.

So please consider donating and/or sharing to make this happen. Thank you!

Live, Love, Laugh,


Posted on August 29, 2017

Posted on August 29, 2017

Facebook post by Grace on 8/28/17:

Shirley Denning, This is the last picture we took of the three generations together. Today is one month after the terrible tragedy happened, Sometimes I still can't believe that She is really gone. Time didn't heal, but I am trying to live my life not being miserable and sitting around doing nothing. There are some days that I am not motivated and I just lay there thinking about when Shirley was a kid, how good she was and how much we loved each other, I was very angry the day God took her away, how could he take her away when he knew how much we loved each other? It just doesn't make sense to me, although I hope to understand the purpose someday. Shirley, I love you and miss you very much.

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