A Pool Party fund-raiser is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 9 to help defray medical expenses for the family of Ava Simonsen, a three-year-old Cherokee girl recently diagnosed with leukemia.
Ava is the daughter of Derek and Rachel Simonsen, and the grandaughter of Tim and Lisa Perrin, and Craig and Bev Simonsen. She is currently receiving chemotherapy at Children's Hospital in Omaha, Neb. The family is staying at the Rainbow House in Omaha.
The Pool Party will be from 1-4 p.m. at the Cherokee Wellness Center. Cost is $5 per person and there will be fun and games, raffle drawings, and door prizes throughout the event. The Cherokee County Cattlemen's Association will also cook up a delicious meal for free-will donations.
Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 with the grand prize winner winning a family vacation to Adventureland, including four tickets and a stay at the Adventureland Inn. Other prizes include Iowa State University, University of Iowa, Drake University, and Iowa Chops tickets.
Donations also are being accepted at Cherokee State Bank, and North Star Community Credit Union. A grain bank has been set up at all First Co-op Elevators. Donations also can be sent to the Rainbow House, c/o Ava Simonsen, 7815 Harney St., Omaha, Neb. 68114-4511.