Over $18,000 Raised for Daughters of Seth Fairbanks

by Lakeidra Chavis on September 10, 2015

Seth Fairbanks. Courtesy Facebook.

Seth Fairbanks. Courtesy Facebook.

More than $18,000 has been raised for the daughters of Seth Fairbanks, the pilot from Bethel, who died after a plane crash in early August.

After learning of her friend’s death, Bethel resident Nikki Corbett hosted an online auction on Facebook. The funds went to a trust fund for Seth Fairbanks’ twin daughters.

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“When something like this happens everyone kind of comes together and helps the families,” Corbett said. “It’s been amazing outpour of support.”

Corbett was out of town when she heard about the accident but still felt a call to action. She got the “ok” and began planning.

“I didn’t think it would turn out to be so big. I was only thinking there would be about 30 items because that’s how it started out. I think it ended up being over 50, 60 items.”

Donation items included everything from handmade children’s ware and pottery to canned salmon and handcrafted artwork. Donations came mostly from the Bethel region and Anchorage area, with some items coming as far as Arizona.

“Now’s the fun part where we have to get everything ready and process it and send it out,” Corbett said.

Corbett and Fairbanks’ mother will cover the cost of shipping and hope to begin sending items out soon.
Fairbanks, who was 29 and living in McGrath, died with passenger Anthony Hooper after his plane crashed in the Knik Arm River.  He was to Anchorage for his sister’s wedding reception.

“I’ve just known him since grade school. We were great friends through high school,” Corbett said. “It was amazing to see him evovle from when his daughters were first born. He was a great dad.”

In an interview with KTVA in early August, the pilot’s father, Grant Fairbanks, described his son as happy-go-lucky and well liked.

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