MOMS Club hosts breakfast in support of local child

By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
Salem - posted Mon., May. 16, 2011
Girl Scouts Hannah Victoria (left), Sophie Arustei and Nicole Bourgeois help dish out the breakfasts. Photos by Kevin Hotary.
Girl Scouts Hannah Victoria (left), Sophie Arustei and Nicole Bourgeois help dish out the breakfasts. Photos by Kevin Hotary.

The Salem MOMS Club is a group of more than 100 parents and children dedicated to the goal of helping one another and the greater community.  Recently, the MOMS put their efforts into helping one of their own, hosting a Saturday morning pancake breakfast to raise money for the RDH12 Fund for Sight (www.rdh12.org). The nonprofit organization was founded by Salem residents Matthew and Jennifer Pletcher and several other families across the country to help find a cure for Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA), a rare genetic disorder that slowly destroys the retina, leading to blindness. The Pletchers’ 4-year-old daughter, Finley, has been diagnosed with LCA.

“We want to give a fellow mother, Finley’s mom, an early Mother’s Day present,” said Deb Pazzaglia of the MOMS Club in a release announcing the group’s support. So, with nearly everything donated by local businesses, and space donated by the Salem Congregational Church, the MOMS and local Girl Scouts supplied the manpower to feed the steady stream of people who came out to support Finley. The group ended up raising about double their goal of $1,500 with the breakfast.

“Until the family has a cure, we want to make this an annual event. This is awesome,” said MOMS Club President Amanda Pierce, as she scanned the overflow crowd.


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