Friends of Mashelle Begovich, Valley resident and daughter of late Sharkey’s owner, Sharkey Begovich, have rallied together to give back to their friend who lost her Chambers Field home and most of her belongings in a fire on Jan. 14.
The raffle and silent auction called “Fight Fire with Fire: An event for Mashelle” will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Jethro’s Oven-Grille and Sports Bar on Kimmerling Way in the Gardnerville Ranchos.
Organizers said that Valley businesses such as Wayne’s Family Music, Fresh Ideas, Country Carousel, JT Basque Bar and Dining Room and others have donated items for the raffle and silent auction.
Jethro’s restaurant will donate all food for the event so 100 percent of proceeds can go to Mashelle, the Fight Fire with Fire Facebook page said.
“Mashelle would give you the shirt off of her back if it was the last thing she owned,” said longtime friend, Chris Beard. “It’s her turn now.”
Beard said Mashelle always gave generously to Beard’s Relay for Life events since her father died of cancer and Mashelle is a cancer survivor.
“She wants to help other people, but she doesn’t like it when people make a fuss over her,” Beard said.
Mashelle has been in the hospital since Dec. 23 when a bout of H1N1 flu turned into pneumonia. She is still in the hospital and has tracheotomy tubes in her throat and is on a ventilator, friends said, but is alert and plans on leaving the hospital in a week.
“That’s her plan, but we don’t know what the doctor’s plans are,” Beard said. “She is a very strong woman with a lot of will power and stamina.”
Mashelle’s friends have been planning the fundraiser for two months.
“The money will go towards whatever Mashelle needs,” Bonnie Jackson said. “Which is everything.”
Beard encouraged community members to stop by for the raffle or to make a cash donation if they cannot attend the dinner, which is $30 per plate.
Mashelle may be able to participate in the fundraiser herself, Jackson said.
“It’s a surprise, but she may have something very special to donate to the silent auction,” she said. “If it comes through it will be real special.”
Beard and Jackson said that her perseverance is inspiring in the wake of her illness, the fire and the death of her longtime boyfriend, Gordon Campbell, who died of lymphoma last Wednesday.
“She’s not the kind to give up,” Jackson said. “The old Mashelle is coming back.”
To make a donation, contact Jackson at 691-7242 or Beard at 265-7636. To make a reservation, call 775-450-9359.