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Benefit for Slain Mom-to-Be Planned for Saturday at Toyota Park

Family says it needs money for Alisha Bromfield's headstone, and travel to Wisconsin for the upcoming trial. Saturday night's event features dinner and music.

The family of slain mom-to-be Alisha Bromfield is hosting a benefit Saturday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview to raise money to pay for a headstone and the family's travel to her accused killer's trial.

Bromfield died Aug. 19. . He is also charged with third-degree sexual assault.

Cooper and Bromfield, both of Plainfield, met while working together at a Shorewood business. They were in Door County to attend the wedding of Cooper's sister. 

Her body was found the day after the wedding at a resort in Nasewaupee, WI, after Cooper called police to report the murder from a gas station in nearby Sister Bay, police said.

Ava Lucille was due to be born on Nov. 23, which is why the family planned the benefit for this weekend, according to Bromfield's father, Jim Heisner, of New Lenox.

Heisner told Sun-Times Media: 

“We have yet to still get her headstone. The money will go for that donation to help pay for the funeral. ... We have received a ton of support from family and friends.

"A lot of her friends love her, and that’s pretty much what we’ll see again, I’m assuming, on Saturday — all the love and support again.”

The benefit at Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, starts at 5 p.m. and ends at midnight. Tickets are $35 at the door or $30 if purchased in advance. The bands Brothers in Arms, Dancing Noodles and Strait Southern will play. Dinner and one drink are included, and a cash bar will be open.

More information about the benefit can be found on the UniversalTicketing.com website. Pattie Heisner Glorioso, Alisha's aunt, organized the event.

Bromfield was a 2008 Joliet Catholic Academy graduate.

Jim Heisner's wife, Amy Heisner, told Sun-Times Media:

“We appreciate everybody and hope that they can come to the benefit and to keep all of us in mind. ... We’ve got people to pay back. And a headstone to buy. I don’t want her grave sitting there with nothing on it. It makes me crazy.”

Read more about Alisha Bromfield and this crime on Plainfield Patch.

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Karen Saari-Thacker November 23, 2012 at 01:16 PM
$35 at door is just too much money for people these days I think you would get a lot more people to go if it was $20 at store I'd like to make a $20 donation since I can't afford the $30-$35. Where can we send $$?
Karen Saari-Thacker November 23, 2012 at 01:17 PM
$20 at the door (not store)
Disgusted reader November 23, 2012 at 07:18 PM
The benefit does include 3 bands, dinner and a drink so I think it is a pretty good deal. Does anyone know why he killed her? So sad, and she was such a pretty girl.
T-Bone November 23, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Why don't you show up to the door with your $20 donation and maybe they will let your Cheap Ass in...
Anonymous November 23, 2012 at 09:33 PM
How childish some people can be. A person offers to make a donation and is called names because it's not enough. This type of behavior could lose the family much needed help. Those twenties add up quickly.
Barbara FitzPatrick November 23, 2012 at 10:06 PM
things like this are not easy to do the 35 probably doesnt give the family much back $35 is a good price including dinner and a drink
L Reed November 23, 2012 at 10:07 PM
You can contact Patricia Heisner Glorioso at 815-735-3648 to make a donation. Thank you all who have been able to help support such a deserving cause. Alisha was such a wonderful, giving person and so many people were blessed to have known her. We miss her very much.
T-Bone November 24, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Not Childish at all...She had an opinion and so did I. If you want to donate then just say that. Don't make the people who set the price feel greedy!
Karen Saari-Thacker November 24, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Tbone, I just saw this comment.... Wow!!! Last year alone, our family not only put on several benefits for families in need, we donated several thousand dollars. I'm not a cheap ass by any means.... Even Ms. FitzPatrick knows that about us and doing good for others. I have actually passed the flyer around quite a bit trying to get people aware of the event, and the common response was " wow, that's a little high" I know around 36 people who WOULD have gone IF it was cheaper.... Maybe they will send in $$ Most people want to help others & to them it's about just that... Helping. Not how much food or drink or bands.... Those are an added bonus. Happy holidays all
T-Bone November 24, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Now I feel better. You have already donated "Several Thousand Dollars" so that is why $30 is too much this time. Thanks for your Big Heart! I never said you didn't care about people but to get on a Fundraiser Article and be the first comment just to complain is stupid!
Anonymous November 24, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Extremely childish!!! She said nothing about it being greedy she said it was a little steep for some wallets. To be honest she is correct. I've seen many a fundraiser with a low price tag bring in bigger crowds because so many more people can afford to come. It would be really nice if T-Bone would grow up and try to help this family as opposed to insulting the people offering to help.
Ron November 25, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Brian Cooper does not live in 'Plainfield', he lives in Joliet.
T-Bone November 25, 2012 at 04:00 PM
It would also be nice if you didn't Whine about $10!!
L Reed November 26, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Thank you to all the friends and family that came to support the family of Alisha and Ava. A huge thank you to all of you who sent all the wonderful donations. Alisha and Ava we miss you always.
Tothe Point November 27, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Unbelievable how people complain about the cost of a ticket for a good cause. It was 30 bucks in advanced and 35 at the door. It included a full buffet style meal, pretty much all you can eat, and the food was top-notch and fresh! It included entertainment by 3 local bands who have been in the scene for over 20 years combined, and it included a fun and exciting atmosphere with huge raffles. Please tell me of a place, such as a bar or entertainment facility, that you can go to for 30 bucks and eat all you want, watch 3 bands and participate in a worthy cause. Having a benefit costs money and a lot of time! Give these people a break! I was there, it was beautifully done! People had fun, ate, drank and donated, while all along they knew why they were there. And to L Reed, you are welcomed! 30 bucks, in my opinion wasn't enough for what I experienced. God Bless your family and all those who helped out.

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