MONUMENT, Colo. - Hundreds of people gathered Thursday to help a missing boy's family continue the search for him.
A fundraising dinner was held at Lewis-Palmer High School. Relatives and close friends of Dylan Redwine, 13, collected donations and raised awareness on his behalf. Redwine disappeared two months ago from his father's home near Durango.
Attendees paid $5 a plate for a spaghetti meal. Elaine Redwine, Dylan's mother, said the money will be used to rent billboards publicizing Dylan's disappearance, and possibly increase the $30,000 reward for information that leads to finding him.
"I'm sad that we have to do this for Dylan," said Redwine. "But I'm so grateful for everybody who's participated and has taken the time and energy, and been so gracious in getting Dylan's name out there."
Dylan's aunt, Lia Howard, said relatives decided to have a fundraiser in Monument after the success of a similar event in the Durango area.
"A lot of people here didn't know who Dylan was, or that he was missing," said Howard. "And now, people are finally getting that awareness. But it surprised us that people up here didn't know about it."
Samantha Iverson, a friend of Dylan's who's the same age, said she's glad people are learning about him.
"I last saw him the week before he went missing, the week before Thanksgiving break," she said. "I really miss him a lot. He was a really good friend."
Organizers also held a silent auction and raffle as part of the event. Around 900 people attended the event and raised an estimated $20,000.