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Beth and Brigid Dailey received a $2,500 donation from Warminster Rotary Tuesday afternoon.


Warminster Rotary Club President and District Judge Dan Finello thought the annual search for a township family would be a little bit easier when his fellow rotarians reached out to local organization Athletes Helping Athletes for some suggestions. Then something unexpected happened.

"Athletes Helping Athletes suggested Beth Dailey and her daughter Brigid," said Finello. "When we contacted them, Beth told us she thought another family needed more help than her. That's never happened before."

Based on Beth's suggestion, Warminster Rotary directed their 2013 fundraising efforts toward Blake Emsley and his family, culminating in a $5,000 check presented to the Emsleys in December.

Finello was pleased with the outcome, but he still wanted to recognize the Daileys' selfless act. Beth and Brigid attended Warminster Rotary's weekly lunch on Tuesday at Giuseppe's and received a $2,500 check from the organization.

"We wanted to start the new year off right," said Finello.

Brigid, a fourth-grader at Davis Elementary, was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum when she was three-years-old, but has maintained an active lifestyle by playing sports through the Athletes helping Athletes Organization and dancing ballet at the Dance Art Conservatory in Hatboro. Last year, Beth had a scare when her daughter began suffering seizures.

"They started in May," said Beth. "We were at Children's Hospital Of Pennsylvania for eight days before they told us that she had epilepsy. We found out that is common for girls diagnosed with autism."

Beth suspects that her frequent trips to CHOP with Brigid for testing and check-ups since the diagnosis prompted her nomination for Warminster Rotary's annual donation. 

"We're doing okay, and I just thought somebody else needed that money more than we did," said Beth.