OAKHURST — A special fundraising dinner hosted by the nonprofit group Helping One Woman (HOW) will be held in honor of Jessica Woodington on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at El Cid Mexican Cuisine in Oakhurst, starting at 6 p.m.
“Residing in Oakhurst with her fiance and five rescue dogs, Jessica Woodington has made tons of friends in this tight-knit community,” say HOW organizers.
Jessica and her family moved to the area from southern California when she was a junior, and she graduated from Yosemite High School in 2005. After graduation, Jessica continued her education and eventually returned to Oakhurst, where she taught preschool for two years. Jessica then went on to work at Crab Cakes Restaurant, El Cid, and The Pines Resort.
“On July 24 Jessica was involved in a head-on collision on Road 222. Sadly, the other driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. Jessica was left trapped in her car [as] firefighters used the Jaws of Life to cut her out.”
Jessica was airlifted to a Fresno hospital, where she was treated for two broken feet, a bruised lung, some facial damage and multiple cuts and bruises. She has had one foot surgery, and more may be in her future.
“Her road to recovery will be long. Besides the physical injuries, she is also recovering emotionally with extreme anxiety and insomnia. Due to all this, she will be out of work for an extended period of time. So, if you can, please come help support Jessica.”
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 Jessica and pay for their own dinner. Proceeds from the event go directly to Jessica at the end of the evening.
Please RSVP to Tokens at (559) 658-5428 with the number in your party, or if you have any contributions or questions.
El Cid Mexican Cuisine is located at 41939 CA-41 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 September 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.”