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August 10, 2015 10:30 pm  • 
On Saturday, an annual fundraiser to help keep communities safe from child predators was held at the Virginia City Creamery in Virginia City.

The day’s profits were donated to Ryan United (ryanunited.org), an organization working to stop child predation.

Ryan United was established in the name of Ryan VanLuchene, an 8-year-old boy who on Aug. 31, 1987, while playing in his backyard in Libby, Mont., was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered by a repeat sex offender.

This repeat offender was serving a prison sentence for sexually assaulting another child and was let out of prison early with minimal supervision, according to the website. Within a few weeks after that release, he murdered Ryan.

Ryan’s uncle and aunt, Marc and LouRae Weber, own the Virginia City Creamery. Lt. Gov. Angela McLean; Derek VanLuchene, who is Ryan’s brother and CEO of Ryan United; and Madison County Sheriff Roger Thompson were among those who attended the fundraiser Saturday to talk to people and answer questions.

Ryanunited.org has many programs to help communities and victims of predators.

Ryan United helped champion the cause for Montana legislation to initiate a sex offender registry, making Montana one of the first states to enact such a registry.

For details on Ryan United, contact Derek VanLuchene, president-founder, at 800 E. Sixth Ave., Helena 59601 or 406-439-8748.