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Want to help the family of slain officer Robert McKeithen? Here are more fundraisers planned.

The Coastal Mississippi community has come together to honor the memory of Biloxi police officer Robert McKeithen and raise money for his family.

Donations have been collected at baseball games and other events across the Coast for the official Robert McKeithen Family Fund at Southern Coastal Federal Credit Union.

Several tributes and fundraisers are scheduled in the coming weeks.

They include:

Thursday, May 23 — Fundraiser on the front lawn of White House Hotel on U.S. 90 in Biloxi from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Food, drink, music. Several Coast casinos and businesses have donated items for the silent auction sponsored by Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. $100 per ticket or $2,000 per sponsored table. Details: Angie Dearma at 228-861-0557 or a.dearman@cpgulfport.com

Sunday, May 26 — Go-Ruck Challenge at Margaritaville Resort Biloxi. 9-noon, with registration at 8 a.m. Walk from Margaritaville to the Biloxi Light House and back, with a weighted ruck sack, bag, or backpack if desired. Entry fee is $20 and includes a GoRuck Challenge T-shirt honoring officer McKeithen. Donations also accepted.

Through May — The Reef and Sky Bar on U.S. 90 in Biloxi has created a special Biloxi Blu cocktail and a Black and Blue burger. For every purchase, the venue will donate $1 to the McKeithen family, matched by Absolut Vodka.

June 8-9 — There benefit co-ed softball tournament at the new Ocean Springs Sports Complex off Mississippi 57 is drawing police officers and firefighters from Biloxi and surrounding states.. Upmpires familiar with USSSA rules are needed. Contact eholley@magnificuscorp.com

A benefit fund is set up at Southern Coastal Federal Credit Union. To donate, call 228-432-0284, or go by their office at 1042 E Howard Ave. in Biloxi or at 10383 Automall Parkway in D’iberville. Checks to the McKeithen Family Fund can be mailed to PO Box 503, Biloxi, MS 39530.

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Mary Perez is the business and casino reporter for the Sun Herald and also writes about Biloxi, jobs and the new restaurants and development coming to the Coast. She is a fourth-generation journalist.
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