OAKHURST — Women in the mountains will gather on Wednesday, Nov. 20 for this month’s meeting of Helping One Woman (HOW). The location for the dinner is once again El Cid Mexican Cuisine. The evening starts at 6 p.m. and the honoree is Cheryl Liston of Ahwahnee, who broke her back in a car accident last June.
Friends and other HOW members are getting together to give Cheryl a night out to lift her spirits and fatten her pocketbook.
HOW is a nonprofit woman’s organization that has a monthly dinner to honor a woman that has suffered a devastating loss. Besides paying for one’s own dinner at a different restaurant every month, each member puts an additional $10 or more in a bowl or “pot.” At the end of the dinner the accumulated money is gifted to the woman who is being honored and a new recipient is chosen from suggestions by the group.
The local chapter of the national organization has been meeting in the mountains for over a year and is continually growing in strength and numbers.
This month’s recipient Cheryl Liston was on her way to work at Tenaya Lodge when she was hit by an uninsured driver on June 1. According to reports, a southbound vehicle made a left hand turn in front of Cheryl, 60, as she traveled north on Hwy 41 near the Mountain House.
This caused a collision which resulted in Cheryl being pinned inside her 1998 Jeep Cherokee for over half an hour. Once freed, she was then transported by Sierra Ambulance to the rear parking lot at Vons and airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center with a broken back. She has worked hard, say friends, to be able to walk again. Cheryl is currently walking with a walker. She hopes soon to be walking without the walker, though it’s undetermined how long this process will take.
“She sure needs our help,” say HOW members of Cheryl and the dinner gathering on her behalf at El Cid. Reservations are requested: phone El Cid at (559) 683-6668 and mention HOW.
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