Online Fundraiser Started for Tilley Family After Home Burns Down in Todd

Published Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm

By Jesse Wood

Through a crowdsourcing fundraising site, more than 200 people have donated to the family of Wright and Tracy Tilley, who “literally lost everything” when the house they were living in burned to the ground on Sunday.

A friend of the family of four created the fundraiser in the aftermath of the fire at 340 Grande Oaks Drive in Todd. Wright Tilley is the executive director of the Watauga County Tourism and Development Authority.

Fortunately, no one was harmed, according to the Watauga Democrat.

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Tracy and Wright Tilley

The GoFundMe.com page is asking for donations to help get the family back on their feet. On Thursday, the $20,000 goal was met. The goal had previously been upped because of the outpouring of support and depending on the amount of support moving forward, the goal posts may be moved again.

Virginia Wilcox, who created the page, offered an update on the page a couple days ago: “WOW! The response to this has been off the chart.”

According to tax records, the owner of the 2,600-square-foot home is Ed and Amanda Crenshaw of Wilmington. It was built in 2001 and purchased by the Crenshaws in 2007 for $347,500.

Watauga County Fire Marshal Steve Suddreth wasn’t available on Thursday.

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