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August 16th, 2013
09:16 AM ET

Hannah Anderson Meets with Friends and Community

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Anderson made her first public appearance since her dramatic rescue from kidnapping and murder suspect James DiMaggio.

The teenage girl was kidnapped and taken on a thousand-mile journey, before the FBI shot and killed her alleged abductor, and saved her life on Saturday.

Her “arrival at a fundraiser for her family came as a surprise to her relatives and friends,” reports CNN’s Casey Wian.

"This night was an unexpected reunion honestly,” her cousin Brandon Fambrough says. “All her friends were here… It was like we haven't skipped a beat."

The fundraiser was held at Boll Weevil Restaurant in Lakeside, California. The media was invited but not allowed inside during Hannah’s reunion.

Her father Brett Anderson told the press, "Hannah sends her love she's doing good day-by-day and we'll just keeping moving forward from here."

The fundraising event drew a large crowd of Hannah’s neighbors, friends and grandparents, wearing “Hannah Strong” and “Pray for Hannah” T-shirts.

Raffle ticket sales, cash donations and 20 percent of the restaurant's sales were all donated to the Anderson family, partly for Hannah's mother and brother's funeral.

“I wanted to say thank you all for coming,” Anderson said. “The community came together, putting on a great fund-raiser for Hannah, and hopefully her future and healing.”

Read more on Hannah's rescue here.

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