Two benefits, infinite impact

Weekend events aid local woman, Haiyan victims
Dec. 05, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

With two benefit auctions planned Saturday, Lee County residents can offer their support and help to those who live near and far.

* Monica Monroe Martin Benefit:

Friends and family members of Monica Monroe Martin, who is diagnosed with Chronic Myelomoncytic Leukemia (CMML), hope to not only raise funds for Martin's impending medical bills, but also find a bone marrow donor who can help save her life.   

"It's important for people to come out for this event and support the auction because [it] supports Monica through her journey," said Martin's mother, Pat Phillips.

This auction, scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at Northview Fire Department on Perkinson Road, will not only provide Martin and her family financial security as they look for a donor and during the aftermath of the medical operations, but also raise awareness about becoming a bone marrow donor, Phillips said.

"This is a type of leukemia normally found in elderly men," she said. "It is very rare for a young woman to have this type of leukemia. They are looking for a donor as fast as they can and get the process going because they don't know how it will react on a young female."

Martin is a former employee of Eaton, Caterpillar and Pentair and has two young girls.

Lisa York is the scheduled auctioneer, and the auction will feature a variety of items including furniture, pool-cleaning equipment and smaller items.  

People can also make a donation to the First Citizens Bank account called "Monica Monroe Martin Leukemia Benefit."

* Philippines Benefit and Auction:

When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in early November, some Lee County families felt the storm's tremors. The Vineyard Assembly of God — which has some church members who grew up in the impacted area or still have family members in the Philippines — will hold a barbecue plate fundraiser and auction Saturday.

"We had to do something," said Assembly of God Pastor Greg Davenport. "Although our economy may be slow and down right now, we are [not] facing [anything] like the folks in the Philippines. This is an opportunity for us to share what we do have."

A barbecue plate, including pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans, a roll and dessert, can be purchased for $7 for takeout from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and for dine-in from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the church, located at 1922 Henley Road. An auction will also be held during the Saturday dinner and includes a variety of items such as furniture and diamond earrings.

'There are people who not only need food and water, but they are in need of a way of rebuilding a house to live in," Davenport said. "We felt like we had to do something to help them."

People can call the church at (919) 776-0888 to place an order or find out more information.



  What: Monica Monroe Martin Leukemia Benefit and Auction

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Northview Fire Department, 104 Perkinson Road

  What: Philippines Benefit Fundraiser and Auction

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Vineyard Assembly of God, 1922 Henley Road

Cost: $7 per barbecue plate, including potato salad, baked beans, roll and dessert.