La Sierra Guild event to benefit Children’s Hospital

The 16th annual Cinco de Mayo luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 at the Oakhurst Community Center by La Sierra Guild to benefit Valley Children’s Hospital.

Included in the lunch are enchiladas, chili rellenos, rice, beans, chips and salsa all provided by El Cid’s Mexican Cuisine of Oakhurst. Cake and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

A donation of $15 is suggested for tickets which may be purchased at Oakhurst Giftworks at the intersection of Hwy 41 and Road 426 during store hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are also available from any La Sierra Guild member.

Two separate raffles will also raise money for Valley Children’s Hospital. A charming playhouse (potting/storage shed) with flower boxes, red shuttered windows, a Dutch split door, linoleum floor and made to scale play kitchen appliances will be raffled with the winning ticket drawn on Cinco de Mayo.

The little house was built over a period of four days by guild member husbands: Joe Delgado, Ed George, Monty Millhollon, Jerry Privett, Bob Spinelli and David Worden. Millhollon served as the chief designer and Delgado built the little stove, sink and refrigerator to fit inside the 6’ x 8’ house.

Tickets are $5 each and are available at Yosemite Falls Lumber which contributed to the materials used for the playhouse. They are located on Road 426 and their business hours are: Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Playhouse tickets are also available at Oakhurst Giftworks, from guild president Patty Spinelli at (559) 683-4452 and will be available at the luncheon. Driveway delivery up to 100 miles is also included for the playhouse raffle winner.

The second raffle includes a variety of gift baskets that contain an array of items including gift certificates, wine and a porcelain doll. Tickets for this raffle will be available at the luncheon.

“I believe people support the guilds and the hospital because of the children. No one wants a child to be sick, hurt or abused,” said president Spinelli. “They know their support will help to make a child's life better.”

There are 15 guilds which support Valley Children’s Hospital and they just finished raising a $5 million endowment to battle and prevent child abuse. This year, the guilds made a commitment for a $4 million endowment to the heart center, child life and spiritual support. La Sierra Guild is the local guild supporting the hospital.

“We have three major fundraisers a year. We are committed to the children and the hospital,” Spinelli said.