OAKHURST — The nonprofit group Helping One Woman (HOW) will meet for a special fundraising dinner in honor of Katie Joaquin on Wednesday, June 20 at the Sierra Senior Center in Oakhurst, starting at 6 p.m.
HOW meets monthly to celebrate one deserving woman who receives the community’s support when she needs it the most. Those participating in the HOW benefit will offer $10 or more as a suggested donation for Katie and pay for their own dinner. Proceeds from the event go directly to Katie at the end of the evening.
“You will never meet a more genuine, down to earth person than Katie Joaquin,” say HOW organizers. “She is an extraordinary mother to two amazing children, Amari and Aubre. Whether it’s working full time to provide for her family’s necessities, to being there for a friend in a time of need, Katie has always had an incredible love for her family and friends.”
Recently, Katie and her family experienced a heart-wrenching loss when her dad passed away from stage 4 melanoma.
“He was her everything: her support when times got hard, her best friend, her biggest fan. Most importantly, he was ‘Dad’ to so many. Katie carries on his legacy and knows he is always with her. The love he had for his family is beyond words. Let’s all help Katie continue that legacy and show our love and support.”
Please RSVP to Tokens at (559) 658-5428 with the number in your party, or if you have any contributions or questions. Reservations are a must. Dinner is a build-your-own taco salad for $12. Organizers explain that the senior center will only be able to provide meals for those who have called in their RSVP.
Recipients of HOW are always a woman who is going through a time of irreplaceable loss or who has been through a period of loss within the last 12 months. Irreplaceable loss is defined as a catastrophic loss which cannot be recovered.
HOW says that “one woman with $10 can buy another woman lunch. Ten women giving $10 can buy another woman’s groceries. One hundred women giving $10 can really make a difference in another woman’s life.”
If you know a woman who is going through a time of irreplaceable loss, come to the June HOW meeting and nominate her to be the next recipient. Recipients are chosen in a public drawing.
“Remember that by helping one woman, we help one family and one community.”