Benefit set to help local man

By Dean Palmer - Special to the News

Westfield residents are invited to come out to the Westfield Ruritan Community Building for an evening of food and fellowship on Saturday from 4-8 p.m., with all proceeds going to help a long-time member of the community.

A spaghetti supper, complete with drink and dessert, will be served on a donations-only basis. Take-outs will be available. Afterwards, a dessert auction will be held with freshly baked goods going to the highest bidder.

Tickets will also be sold at $1 each throughout the evening with the winning ticket to receive a $100 gas card.

All proceeds will go toward expenses incurred by local resident Mike Bates as he deals with ongoing medical issues.

According to his son, 17-year-old Anthony, Mike Bates began having problems with his eyesight some 3 months ago. A hospital visit led to the discovery of a benign tumor.

Surgery was then required to test if pressure being caused by the tumor could be the cause of the sudden vision impairment. Afterwards, Bates was told the tumor was not affecting his vision and the search for answers continues.

Because of his sight being impaired, Bates cannot drive and has been unable to work.

“Our family appreciates all the thoughts, prayers and support we’ve received,” Anthony Bates said.

The benefit is being organized by friends of the family, with Sherry Hutchens and Christine Pack serving as primary organizers.

“When someone is down,” Hutchens explained, “we need to reach out and help them, knowing that it could be us someday. This family could use our help. We want everyone to come out and enjoy a night of food, fellowship and helping out a neighbor.”

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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