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Sertoma dance will raise funds for wheelchair

by Merrie Leininger

The Carson Valley Sertoma Club’s annual fall barn dance will allow people to kick up their heels and help a Carson Valley family at the same time.

Francisco Delgadillo, 14, has been in a wheelchair all his life, since before his family moved to the United States from Mexico.

Going through growth spurts for any child requires lots of new clothes and adjustments, but for Francisco, it means a new $3,500 wheelchair.

His mother, Paula, who speaks little English, spoke with The Record-Courier through a translator, her son, Ricardo, 12.

Ricardo said his brother’s old wheelchair is getting to be a tight fit and when the family lived in Los Angeles, a school program supplied new wheelchairs to them for free.

Francisco’s English as a second language teacher at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School hooked up the Sertoma club with the Delgadillos. Paula Delgadillo said it was a big relief for the family when the school called and told her about the fund-raiser.

Francisco is a 9th grader and his brother is in the 7th grade.

n No health insurance. The family, who moved to Gardnerville about 2-1/2 years ago, doesn’t have health insurance to help pay for a wheelchair, Paula said.

She has a job as a housekeeper and her husband, Lupe, works for a company that makes elevator parts.

Both Paula and Francisco said they are thankful for any help they will receive from the Sertoma club and the school.

The dance is being held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Saturday, Nov. 14 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission will be $7 per person for prepaid tickets and $8 at the door.

Tickets are available at Las Margaritas, Draperies by Lummus, RE/MAX Realty Affiliates, from any Sertoma member or at the door.

Many door prizes will be available including golf packages, dinners and auto care. First prize is $300 in cash. Winners do not have to be present to win.

The Comstock Cowboys, a popular area country band, will provide the music.

For more information or tickets, call Kurk Wilson at 782-2558.

The Record-Courier E-mail: rc@tahoe.com

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