There will be a paint-and-sip party to help raise money for Sherry McAllister, a former long-time Harbor resident battling an especially aggressive and invasive form of breast cancer known as HER2 3+.
This event on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Aberdeen Eagles Lodge, 208 W. Market St., is one in a series of small fundraisers leading up to a cancer relief benefit auction on March 25 slated to begin at 5 p.m., at the Aberdeen Elks, 1712 S. Boone St. (Information about the event locations was corrected on Jan. 25)
Other smaller events are scheduled on Feb. 18 and March 18 at 6 p.m. at the lodge and are paint-and-sip themed. Attendees paint a scene with guidance by an art instructor, and are encouraged to socialize as they create their works of art. On Feb. 12 is a bowling event that begins at 3 p.m. at Rainier Lanes.
“Sherry has spent her life giving to others in need,” said Kathi Prieto, one of her friends and someone involved in organizing fundraising efforts for McAllister through a group named Sherry’s Angels.
McAllister has been heavily involved with foster parenting, a clothing bank for foster children, Harbor Rescue, PAWS and is the owner of Sherman the Therapy Dog — her third community service animal.
McAllister also worked for the Aberdeen School District for 13 years. She moved to Longview with her family in 2014 but still has strong ties to the Harbor area, Prieto said.
Visit the Sherry’s Angels Facebook page for details about these events and other efforts to help McAllister pay for medical care. People can also provide RSVPs and pay online to attend one or more of these fundraisers.
There is a Gofundme page for McAllister with a goal of accumulating $20,000: https://www.gofundme.com/sherrys-cancer-expenses-fundraiser.