Like spaghetti? Enjoy helping others? Need some new adventures or gear?

This is the fundraiser for you.

The Dodge City Kiwanis Club is hosting its 15th Annual Amy Wilkerson Memorial Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

According to information provided by the Kiwanis Club, the annual fundraiser is held in honor of the deceased daughter of Kiwanis member Ray Wilkerson.

"Spaghetti was her favorite meal," said Ray. "So, we aren’t changing the menu."

Amy Wilkerson was diagnosed in 1997 with Ewing’s sarcoma — a type of bone cancer usually found in children and young adults. It was the battle by Amy and her family which created this annual fundraiser to help others.

The Kiwanis Club uses proceeds from the event to help families which have children with devastating illnesses. Funds are used to help defray the cost of travel, lost wages, treatment and more. The Kiwanis Club states that in 14 years, the event has raised more than $120,000 and the proceeds have helped 136 families.

The meal includes spaghetti, salad and dessert. The silent auction will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. with a live auction to follow at 7 p.m.

Some of the donated auction items include a 55-inch TV; two tickets to Great Wolf Lodge Water Park and Hotel in Garden City; Kansas University basketball tickets; Kansas City Royals tickets; a bracelet and pearl earrings; a year-long membership to YMCA; an autographed Billy Sims football; a gas grill, Kansas City strip steaks; a Play Station console; and more.

"We talk to more than 100 businesses and some give more than one thing," Ray said. "I’d say right now we have more than 150 items for the auctions."

The dinner is a free will donation. For more information, contact Ray at 620-420-0657 or Mike Hoar at 620-770-6092.


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