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.
Raised by 353 donors
86% Complete

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 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.

Posted on August 16, 2017


Posted on August 16, 2017

Taken from a Facebook post by Menchie's Crossroads Towne Center on 8/15/17:

We are supporting the Shirley Denning Memorial Basketball Tournament fundraising effort for the family of a Menchie's ambassador and Chandler community hero tragically taken from us too soon. Shirley Denning was a great friend of Menchie's Crossroads Towne Center. Menchie's was proud and honored to partner with Shirley and the Unified Sports Program at Hamilton High School. There will be Menchie's froyo on sale the first day of the tournament at Hamilton HS. All proceeds will go to Shirley's family. If you cannot make the tournament, you can honor Shirley and support her family by donating to this site.

Thank you, Menchie's!

Posted on August 16, 2017

Posted on August 16, 2017

Here is a link to the East Valley Tribune article from 8/15/17 on what would have been Shirley's 37th birthday.

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