AHWAHNEE — The nonprofit group Helping One Woman (HOW) will meet for an uplifting fundraising dinner in honor of Ashley Hogan and her brand new baby girl on Wednesday, Apr. 18 at The Hitching Post, 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.
Ashley Hogan has always wanted a baby and believed after several years of trying that she would never had a child, say HOW organizers.
“Then God finally blessed her with her first pregnancy, she was overjoyed and ready for her new role as mother. Things did not go as expected with the child’s father and Ashley is now a single mother who is determined to make the best life possible for her daughter.
“Freya Grace Hogan was born Mar. 9 with a cleft lip, a birth defect characterized by one of more clefts in the upper lip, resulting from failure of the embryonic parts of the lip to unite.
“The doctors have scheduled her surgery to repair her lip and nose when she is four months old. The cost for the surgery is very expensive and her insurance will not cover all the costs. As a single mother her financial resources are limited, but she will not stop for anything to do what she needs for her daughter.
“If Freya’s surgery isn’t done at four months it could affect her speech in the future. All funds will be going directly to her surgery and recovery.”
Please RSVP to Tokens at (559) 658-5428 with the number in your party, or if you have any contributions or questions.
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.
Those participating in the HOW benefit will offer $10 or more as a suggested donation for Ashley and pay for their own dinner. Proceeds from the event go directly to Ashley at the end of the evening.
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.”
Do you know a woman who is going through a time of irreplaceable loss? Bring her name to the next 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.”