Sweet Briar College business students will host a spaghetti luncheon and silent auction from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at First Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg. In addition to spaghetti, there will be salad, drinks (including coffee) and desserts. The event is free, but diners are asked to make a donation to benefit the Jennifer Hunter Yates Sarcoma Foundation.
“Dining For a Cure” is organized by students in the Business Seminar I class — formerly known as the management lab — with support from professors and community businesses. In an effort to facilitate experiential learning, the seminar requires students to create, plan and coordinate events. Students selected the Jennifer Hunter Yates Sarcoma Foundation in honor of Sweet Briar student and Lynchburg native Claire Shaw (class of 2015), who graduated from E.C. Glass High School in 2011. This summer, Shaw was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer affecting the bone and soft tissues of the body. Shaw is currently in Boston for treatment. This will be the second of two events benefiting the foundation. On Oct. 28, the business class hosted a 5K zombie run.
The Jennifer Hunter Yates Sarcoma Foundation was founded in 2004 in memory of Jennifer Hunter Yates, who was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 31. Her family and friends took her negative circumstances and used them as motivation to found an organization that will aid others diagnosed with the disease long after her time. According to the foundation’s website, donations are used to conduct “drug trials, sarcoma conferences, or other research at [Massachusetts General Hospital] involving sarcoma,” to help pair current patients with survivors in hopes of sharing inspiration and motivation, and to provide financial support to families so they can stay with loved ones who are undergoing treatment.
First Presbyterian Church is located at 1215 Virginia Episcopal School (VES) Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503. Donations of any amount will be accepted during the event. Children and adults of all ages are welcome. To find out more about the foundation, visit jenniferhunteryatessarcomafoundation.org.
For more information about “Dining For a Cure,” please contact Kaitlyn Haskins at (434) 941-3343.