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by Tribune Staff
Aug 18, 2011 | 489 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO – Volunteer and career fire departments throughout Washoe County are joining together again to help Ashley and Cameron Goeppert of Verdi, whose 19-month old son, Charleston Sage Goeppert, was born last year with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a rare genetic disease that kills infants before the age of 2.

The second annual Hope For Charleston Spaghetti Feed 2011 community fundraiser will be held beginning at 3 p.m. with dinner served until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 in the west parking lot of the Circus Circus Casino at the corner of 6th and Sierra Streets in downtown Reno.

Tickets for the spaghetti dinner are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12, or a “family pack” that includes two adults and two children for $25, with dinner seating under large tents.  

According to “Hope For Charleston” spokesperson Katie Patterson, “This is a family event to help a family in our community and will feature a static display of fire apparatus from various volunteer and career fire departments, a dunk tank, bounce houses, games for children, face painting and other activities, including a raffle to support the fund-raising effort.  Special t-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles and 11-ounce mugs will be sold and there will also be a special luminary ceremony from 8 to 9 p.m.”

Last year, firefighters raised $14,700 to assist the Goeppert’s with needed medical equipment not covered by insurance, and are hoping to raise $30,000 this year to again assist the Goeppert’s with medical costs not covered by insurance and to help purchase a power wheelchair for Charleston.
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