OAKHURST — The nonprofit group Helping One Woman (HOW) will meet for a special fundraising dinner in honor of Amanda Lathrop on Wednesday, July 18 at Taqueria Plazuelas 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 Amanda and pay for their own dinner. Proceeds from the event go directly to Amanda at the end of the evening.
“Amanda Lathrop is a strong wife and mother with a beautiful family and a heart of gold,” say HOW organizers. “When she and husband Jason were expecting their first child, Bryson, they were told he had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. He’s had three open-heart surgeries, the first at just one day old, numerous other surgeries, and last October he had a TIA (stroke).”
Jason is the owner of Tipton Tile and Stone in Coarsegold. In January of this year, just as he was getting caught up on work following their son’s medical trauma, Jason was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an inoperable brain tumor.
“Amanda has stood by her family’s side through chemo and radiation with her husband, as well as hospital stays and surgeries with their son over the last twelve years. She’s held her family together and held herself together, not knowing what to expect from one day to the next.”
Sponsors ask for the community’s help in supporting Amanda during this time.
Please RSVP to Tokens at (559) 658-5428 with the number in your party, or if you have any contributions or questions.
Taco Plazuelas is located at 40015 CA-49, Suite 203, in Oakhurst.
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 July 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.”