WARRENSBURG-A spaghetti dinner has been planned for April 16 to raise funds for Shannon Warne Fureno, a 1988 Warrensburg High School graduate who is facing financial stresses while she is undergoing treatment for stage IV brain cancer.
She is a single mother with two young children, and the money raised will be used for her medical and family expenses while she is undergoing radiation treatment and chemotherapy.
Her children are two boys, ages 12 and 8. The younger one was recently diagnosed with Type I diabetes.
The dinner is to be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at the Masonic Temple, 3893 Main St. in Warrensburg.
The fundraiser is being organized by Deanne Peters and Michelle Morton, Fureno's best friends and WCS Classmates in 1988.
"Our hope is that we can all work together to help alleviate some of the financial burden for her and her family," Morton said in a press release.
An online donation site has been set up at: www.giveforward.com/shannonwarnefureno to also raise money. The Web site offers a venue for Morton and Peters to share news on Fureno's treatment Donations may also be made at any area branch of Glens Falls National Bank, in Fureno's name.
As of Tuesday morning, the secure, accredited site had already collected $1,050 from nearly 20 donors for Fureno's cause.
"There are so many people jumping onto this and contributing already," Peters said. "And despite all her challenges, Shannon is so optimistic and concentrating on the care of her kids."
A Facebook page, called Smiling for Shannon, has also been established, to share news and show support.
The cost of the dinner is $12 per person, and includes spaghetti, salad, bread, drinks and dessert. Take-out servings are available.
A raffle for various items donated by local businesses is to be held at 6:45 p.m. following the dinner. Those contributing to the raffle need not be present to win.
The items offered in the raffle include a baseball autographed by the Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones. Bracelets to show support for Fureno will be sold for $5 each.
Tickets may be purchased by calling Deanne Peters at 623-4060 or Mickey Monroe at 623-2715.