The 16th annual Amy Wilkerson Memorial Spaghetti Dinner will be held at Knights of Columbus (800 W. Frontview Street), this Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

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 to the Daily Globe previously. "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 15 years, the event has raised more than $128,000 and the proceeds have helped 142 families.

Assistance has been made by requests through churches, the Department of Children and Family services, medical professionals and word of mouth.

According to Ray, all requests are considered and money distributed according to need and funds.

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

Some of the donated auction items include two sets of University of Kansas basketball tickets; KC strips; Kansas City and Colorado Springs, Colorado, Great Wolf Lodge packages; YMCA yearly memberships, two round-trip airfare from Dodge City to Denver with Boutique Air and more than 125 other items.

The dinner is a free will donation. For more information, contact Ray at 620-430-0657 or Mike Hoar at 620-770-6092.

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