POINT PLEASANT — Residents are encouraged to mark their calendars for a series of fundraisers set in March for a young Point Pleasant boy who is battling leukemia.
Holdyn Keefer, the 5-year-old son of Travis and Sarah Keefer, was diagnosed in January. The Keefers have since been told that Holdyn is in remission, with his next round of chemotherapy being schedule for next week, according to his Facebook page.
March fundraisers to help offset Holdyn’s medical expenses will include a spaghetti dinner March 13, a benefit bingo night March 18, and a co-ed kickball tournament March 26.
The “Holdyn Keefer Spaghetti Benefit Dinner” is being sponsored by the staff of both the Point Pleasant Primary and Intermediate schools. It will be noon to 3 p.m. at the intermediate school. Cost is $7 per dinner.
The dinner will be dine in or carry out, with delivery available to hospitals and local businesses. Large amounts can be pre-ordered by calling 304-593-0100 or 304-593-3215.
The spaghetti for the event is being provided by Village Pizza, with salad provided by Bob Evans Restaurant in Gallipolis. Other businesses contributing include Courtside Bar and Grill, Subway, Tuscany Cuccini, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Tudors Biscuit World, Captain D’s and Pizza Hut.
The “Holdyn Keefer Benefit Bingo” will be at the West Virginia State Farm Museum in the dining room. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with concessions available, and games will start at 6 p.m.
More than $1,900 in prizes and door prizes have been donated so far, according to organizers. Tickets are $20 for 20 games, and $10 for three additional big games. Tickets purchased prior to March 15 will be entered into an early bird drawing.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Jason or Kristin Schultz at 304-674-5024 or 304-593-0845.
The Mason County Little League will host the “Holdyn Keefer Co-Ed Kickball Tournament” at Harmon Park. Opening ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m., with games to begin at 9 a.m.
While all teams have been established for the tournament, banner sponsors at $100 each, as well as food and raffle prize donations are being sought. In addition, organizers are asking the public to attend and support the event.
Teams will consist of at least eight members, four of which must be female. Softball rules will apply. The event will be a 16-team, double-elimination tournament, with a trophy going to the first-place team.
Those wishing to donate can contact Travis Tolliver on Facebook.
A few fundraisers for Holdyn have already taken place, including a dinner, rubber bracelet sale, and a “snow angel” challenge. It was also recently announced that 50 percent of the proceeds from the annual Charlie’s Angels Golf Benefit in June will go to Holdyn. More information on the golf outing will appear in a future edition of the Point Pleasant Register.
To remain updated on Holdyn’s condition, he can be followed on Facebook at “Team Holdyn. Holdyn Keefer updates.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.