A multi-county benefit dinner and auction to raise money for medical bills for 5-year-old Ashton Johnson, son of Jeret and Brittane Johnson of Elgin and grandson of Tina Moore owner of Eagle Cap Wilderness and Supply, is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at the Elgin Stampede Hall. Ashton was diagnosed on Jan. 22 with a Wilms tumor. He has already had surgery to remove the 16-inch long cancerous tumor and the kidney to which it was attached. He has had radiation treatments and will have six months or more of chemotherapy.
An account for Ashton has been set up at Community Bank to accept donations.
"People in both counties have been so wonderful in donating to this benefit. They have just been awesome," said Moore. "Ashton is holding hi sown, he's a little trooper."
The outpouring of aid from nearly 150 businesses and individuals in both Wallowa and Union counties has resulted in a list of more than 200 auction items for the upcoming benefit.
Prizes include a gift certificates from Alpine Chiropractic of Enterprise, gift certificates from Cheyenne Café in Joseph, a scenic flight offered by Eagle Cap Aviation, an Alaskan Camp Stove donated by Kni-Co of Wallowa, a gift bag from Outlaw Motor Sports of Enterprise, free advertising on KWVR radio of Enterprise, cords of wood, foundation Quarter Horse stallion services, rafting adventures and much more.
The benefit begins with a preview of auction items from 9 to 10 a.m. Raffle prizes will be drawn every hour and a silent auction on pies ends every hour as well. The spaghetti feed will begin at 3 p.m. Cost is $5 for 12 and older, $2.50 for ages 9 to 11, and children 8 and younger eat free.
A Kid's Corner for play will be open from 9:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. A dance featuring live bands Ashes 2 Ashes and One Handed Jack begins at 9 p.m. and ends at midnight. Suggested donations of $1 minimum for the band are taken at the door.