2013-01-31 / Living

For Savannah

Benefit set for daughter of local man who died

Todd McPhail and his daughter, Savannah, 4. 
Photo provided Todd McPhail and his daughter, Savannah, 4. Photo provided BURTON — When Todd McPhail died suddenly Nov. 19, he left behind a daughter, Savannah, 4.

Now friends of the 1993 Bentley graduate are planning a benefit in his memory to help build an educational trust fund for the young girl.

The benefit will be held Feb. 10 at Jesters Lounge, G-3112 N. Center Rd., from 3-7 p.m. It will include live entertainment by the band Jones’n, 50/50 raffles, and the drawing of a raffle ticket for a 50 inch flatscreen TV.

Todd’s father, Dan McPhail, a local DJ who grew up in Davison, said he has been surprised by the outpouring of support he and his family have received since the death of his son.

“I’m humbled and gratified,” said Dan McPhail, best known perhaps as the voice of the downtown Davison Friday night car cruises. “I can’t believe how gracious everyone has been.”

He said Todd, 37, an MRI technician, died in his sleep Nov. 19 after complaining for several days of chest pains and fatigue.

“He died in his sleep,” said Dan McPhail. “He was my best friend and son. It’s been tough on me.”

Like many young peo- ple, McPhail said Todd did not have life insurance, so he had nothing to leave behind for the daughter he adored — 4-year-old Savannah.

Dan praised Jesters owner George Kostas, thanking him for opening his lounge for use in the benefit.

“George stands out among club owners,” he said. “About once a month he opens his doors for charitable causes.”

He also extended his gratitude to Davison merchants, who have been supportive following the death of his son, and to Allen Funeral Home for treating he and his family with compassion following Todd’s death.

He said he hopes to see the benefit raise between $3,000-$5,000 for Savannah’s trust fund.

McPhail said he hopes if anything good comes from the death of his son, its that people will stop ignoring the signs of heart disease and will take action before its too late.

Todd, he said, had never had a sick day before and when he suddenly became ill, he brushed it off as having ate the wrong kind of food.

“He had all the symptoms — nausea, sweating, chest pains,” he said. “Even young people should get checked out. Heart disease takes 60 percent of its victims in their sleep.”

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