“Stars for Trayvon,” a fundraiser to support the family of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, will be held in downtown D.C. Wednesday night.

View Photo Gallery: The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in a gated Florida community by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 has sparked protests around the country. Here are key moments in the case as it evolved from a neighborhood killing to a nationwide debate.

Event organizers said they hope that money raised through donations and an auction will help Martin’s family pay for legal fees as they seek a conviction in Martin’s death.

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Martin in February, has been charged with second-degree murder in the case, which has sparked nationwide debate.

“Legal fees are real and not cheap...so let us try to fill in the gap!,” the Facebook invitation says.

Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton, left, and Tracy Martin, are expected to attend Wednesday’s D.C. event. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and his brother, Jhavaris Fulton, are expected to attend.

Event organizers have also promised appearances by “elite athletes, celebrities, policy makers, advocates and leaders.”

Further reading:

28 people protesting Trayvon Martin killing arrested in front of White House on Tuesday

Maryland neighborhood watch beating trial compared to Trayvon Martin slaying

George Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin shooting