Help For A Neighbor In Need

WESTFIELD – The Westfield Teachers’ Association is joining the fight against cancer.

Doctors diagnosed Aili Makuch, a Chautauqua Lake Central School junior, with pediatric kidney cancer last spring. A student at CLCS, she is also the daughter of Sandra Makuch, Westfield Academy and Central School kindergarten through 12th-grade music teacher for the past eight years.

“As a community, we were very concerned that one of our own was afflicted with cancer – therefore we are organizing a push to attempt to help the Makuch family pay for bills,” said Karen Belcher, Westfield Teachers’ Association president.

The benefit, which will be held Sunday, will include both a nonprofit concert at the Westfield Academy and Central School auditorium at 3 p.m., followed by a spaghetti dinner from 4-6 p.m. Belcher said the association will sell 300 tickets to the spaghetti dinner, with tickets available from any Westfield teacher.

Kent Knappenberger, a kindergarten through 12th-grade music teacher at Westfield, said the concert will be a mix of local musicians, between professional and amateur, from local churches, Westfield Academy and Central School, the State University at Fredonia and local folk musicians.

There is no set admission price for the concert, but Knappenberger said monetary donations for admission are accepted. The dinner directly after will cost $6 per person, with a choice of eating in or taking out.

“We have a goal to make $2,000 from the proceeds in order to offset medical costs and travel related expenses related to Aili’s treatments. Our hearts go out to her and her family,” Belcher said.

Belcher said the benefit wouldn’t be possible without sponsors, and while they are still seeking sponsors, association members thank current sponsors Carriage House Co. Inc, Cott Corporation, Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant, WACS food service director Patty Benton, Petri Baking Products Inc. and Better Baked Foods Inc.