Community takes care of their own
The Genoa Bar held a silent auction Jan. 28 to help Valley residents Debbie Ferreira and Shalene Hillbrick, who are each battling cancer.
The fundraiser was a success raising $10,299 to be divided evenly between the women.
“The generosity of this community was overwhelming, with virtually every business in Genoa donating items and cash,” bar owner Willy Webb said. “All of our bartenders helped with the event as well.”
According to Webb, the fundraiser received support from all over the Valley including Tombstone Tap and Grill, Mishele Begovich (brought in a signed Charlie Daniel’s fiddle), Genoa Town Church, Foothill Road provided music, Carson Valley Inn, Walley’s Hot Springs Resort and JT Basque Bar. Many anonymous gifts of money and items were also received.
“The one that touched our hearts the most was the kitchen gift basket from an elderly lady that read of the event in The R-C, and had to bring something because she was a cancer survivor herself and wanted Shalene and Debbie to know it can be beat,” Webb said.
Hillbrick has stage 3 breast cancer and is more than halfway through her chemotherapy treatments.
“I am overwhelmed by the community coming together to help their own,” she said. “The donations from the community and the work the staff put into it was amazing. I was speechless.”
Ferreira has squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue and is undergoing chemotherapy. The cancer cells have spread into her neck.
“I love everyone for doing what they’ve done. I totally appreciate it,” she said. “I can’t believe how a community comes together in times of need like this. It was the greatest thing that could ever happen.”
The Genoa Bar is keeping a donation jar going for Hillbrick and Ferreira to further help them.
For more information or to donate, call 782-3870.