Benefit in memory of teacher killed in car crash

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A community is rallying around a teacher's sudden death to carry out her message of faith.

Beth Denman was killed in a car accident in Clay County in March. Her parents are still struggling with the loss.

"We take it day by day. We trust in God, and the prayers have helped us so much," Chris Denman said.

"The loss was so great. I don't even know how to describe it. It was like losing a family member," Catherine Finley, Denman's co-worker and friend, said.

Denman was not only a teacher at Laurel County's Bush Elementary, she was a former drug addict.

When she was not teaching, she was devoting her time to three passions. They are drug rehab, helping young pregnant women, and education.

"Everyday, we hear about someone that she's touched, and we just are so grateful," Denman said.

The foundation Beth's Blessings was started after her death to help raise money for those passions.

The foundation hosted a benefit on Sunday. Hundreds gathered for gospel music, food, and stories about how denman has touched their lives even after her death.

"Our hearts, there's a void there. But I've seen so many good things come out of our loss of Beth," Finley said.

Denman's parents wish they had their daughter back, but are thankful and humbled by all the support from the community.

"It's just awesome, her friends and I'll call them family at school. Everywhere," Denman said.

Everyone at the benefit serves as a reminder that Beth Denman will live on.

In just two months, Beth's Blessings has raised more than $20,000 for the causes Denman was passionate about.

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