VENDORS TO HELP AT CARLA WELCH BENEFIT

By Cindi Aukerman
Union City Now Contributor

Several vendors will be offering everything from tupperware to cosmetics and home decor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this Saturday at the EUM Church in Union City, with their booth rentals all going to the "Giving Hope" benefit for Carla Welch, who has been fighting kidney failure for  15 years. Each vendor will also be donating one item for a raffle that will be conducted during the benefit.

The vendors include: Connie Norris with Mary Kay; Dolores Bowman with Tupperware; Cindy Denniston with Thirty-One; Stephanie Swenson with Celebrating Home; Judy Howard with Avon; Erica Wehrkamp with Tastefully Simple; and Pam Hampshire with Watkins.

Roxanne St. Myers, organizer of the benefit, says, "Stop by for some one-stop Christmas shopping!"

Along with the vendors, Grandma's Attic will be open.

Luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu includes: pulled pork, au gratin potatoes, cole slaw and cookies. The cost for the luncheon is by donation for Welch.

The Mississinawa Valley graduate had just passed her bar exam in 1997 when she was hospitalized for renal failure. Her mother, Donna Welch, gave her a kidney, which lasted for 12 years. Carla has been on dialysis now for more than a year while she awaits a second kidney transplant.

Welch has some insurance from her work as an attorney with the Miami Valley Public Defenders Office, but there are many expenses involved in her treatment, testing and dialysis that are not covered by insurance. The Welch family has been a part of the EUM membership for many years, so the congregation is hosting the "Giving Hope" benefit as an opportunity for the entire community to come together for a good cause.

The EUM Church is located at 117 E. Franklin St., Union City, Ohio, behind the fire department.