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(WBIR) It's been two months since police say Nikki Burgess, a mother from Hermitage, went missing. On Saturday, an East Tennessee fundraiser helped support her family for the tough times and into the future.

Burgess's friends gathered at the Blind Zebra in Crossville throughout the day Saturday for a benefit.

It included a number of bands playing some of her favorite songs. Several pieces of art, all created by Burgess, were also auctioned off. Her best friend, Stevie Blainey, said Nikki always had a certain presence about her.

"Especially when you got to know her she is the absolute most kindhearted person you'd ever meet. Give her shirt off her back for a stranger in the freezing cold. So, awesome person," Blainey said.

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She hoped to raise around $5,000 during Saturday's event. That money will be used to create a college fund for her children.

Since Nikki's disappearance, police said they believe Burgess is dead and have named the father of one of her children, Caleb Cannon, as a person of interest. Back in June, search warrants stated that cadaver dogs indicated the presence of human remains in the trunk of his car, which was towed from his Andersonville home.

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