By Kelly Wise Legg

Join a great cause by participating in the Justice For Ashley Bunco fundraiser on Sunday, March 30 from 3-6 p.m. at the Brandon Elks Lodge #2383. This much-needed fundraiser is helping raise money for a worthy cause related to domestic violence

Ashley Hall Atherley, 28, was killed by her husband on Thanksgiving weekend 2013. She was a native of the Brandon area and was a 2003 Bloomingdale High School graduate. She was a devoted mother, loving daughter, sister, cousin, niece and friend to many. Ashley’s parents are seeking custody of her two daughters, 5-year-old Abrielle and 2-year-old Adelina, while they seek justice for her in court.

Ashley’s husband, Edly Atherley, turned himself into authorities in Tampa after a high-profile manhunt.

Ashley’s family recently released a statement on their Website, “Thank you to so many that have helped both monetarily as well as emotionally during our family’s most difficult time. It has been just over three months since we lost Ashley and the loss of our beautiful angel is still very fresh in our hearts. The outpouring of support has been so appreciated and heartfelt it is almost impossible to express how much. Just knowing everyone cares and has been touched by her story is priceless to our family. Ashley’s girls will unfortunately have to grow up without their mother physically, but we will make sure they know her and she will always be part of their lives. We as a family will also continue to spread the word to help bring awareness to domestic violence and to help other women know the ‘safe’ ways to leave.”

The tickets for the Justice For Ashley Bunco Fundraiser are $25 and can be purchased by contacting Andie Derenthal at 390-9264 or by e-mail at This event will also include light hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, 50/50, raffle prizes and a silent auction. All proceeds of this fundraiser will go to Ashley’s children.

To make a donation without purchasing a ticket, visit

The Brandon Elks Lodge #2382 is located at 800 Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon.


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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.