TOP PHOTO: Kerbela Shriners held their annual spaghetti dinner and auction on Friday evening. Patient Ambassador Yamileth “Yami” Jayden Albarran Casique and her family, pictured at the forefront, were guests of honor at the event.
By Charlotte Underwood
JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Kerbela Shriners held their annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser and auction at the Campbell County High School cafeteria on Friday evening.
The community gathered together in support of the organization, which benefits area children in need of special medical attention.
Proceeds from the event benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. These hospitals “change lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education.”
Shriners Hospitals specialize in advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.
This year’s Shriner’s Patient Ambassador is Yamileth Jayden Albarran Casique. “Yami” was also the ambassador for 2018. This very special little girl turns 13 this year and has been an “outstanding patient ambassador,” according to Shriners. Yami and her family were guests of honor at the spaghetti dinner and auction.
Yami has undergone multiple surgeries for various medical conditions, but hasn’t let it get her down. An accomplished artist, one of her artworks brought $1,500 at Friday’s auction.
Yami spoke briefly thanking everyone for their support for “her and her family.”
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on the generosity of donors for support. Campbell County kids benefit from this support.
“We couldn’t do anything at our hospitals without the support of the community,” said several Shriners throughout the event.
There will be an upcoming Shriners paper sale for the Kerbela Temple March 9 through 15. There will also be a Shriner’s dance at the Temple Hall on March 12, cost is $10 per person. There will be a bass tournament on Douglas Lake on March 26 “Casting for Kids.” Proceeds go to Shriners Hospitals for Children. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/07/2022-6AM)