Southwestern Community College’s Medical Assisting and Culinary Arts clubs raised $2,850 in a spaghetti dinner benefit last month for 10-year-old Riley Schwalm, who has been diagnosed with leukemia.
The event, held at the Jackson County Resource Building in Webster, also included a silent auction, door prizes and live bluegrass music performed by The Bluegrass Misfits. All the proceeds were donated to the Schwalm family, as well as proceeds from the club’s Valentine Day raffle and bake sale.
As part of the benefit dinner, the students wanted to raise cancer awareness in the community.
SCC Medical Assisting students, from left, are (kneeling) Jesse Tippett, Heather Parton, Shanda Dendy, Michelle Rebolledo and instructor Melissa Allison-Brooks; (standing) Taryn Morris, Penny McQuaig, Crystal Shuler, Jim Schwalm (Riley’s father) with sons Slade and Tate, Jeanette Apperson and Courtney Coggins; Not pictured, culinary instructor Ceretta Davis and students, Troy Brumley, Kevin Hyde and Jackie Mars.