LIMA — When her best friend was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, Tina Snider knew she wanted to help.
What started as a small poker run and fundraiser at the local bar has turned into a monumental show of community support for Jeri Dotson-Modschiedler, 38, an Allen County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher who’s a mom to five and stepmom to two.
“Fight Like a Girl Find a Cure” runs from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Laborers International Union Local 329 Hall, 4580 S. Dixie Highway.
“She is my best friend of more than 20 years,” Snider said. “It’s been difficult for all of us, but she’s one tough cookie. We have had a tremendous response, just phenomenal. We went from this little event to needing a committee.”
Dotson-Modschiedler is a Shawnee High School graduate. Her oldest child is a Marine deployed in Afghanistan and her youngest is an infant.
The event includes a poker run, live music, live and silent auctions, raffles, drawings, cornhole tournament, volleyball tournament, food, drinks, children’s activities, crafts and vendors. First bike out for the poker run, which will be led by Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish and the Mounted Posse and Dotson-Modschiedler’s husband, Konrad Modschiedler, leaves at noon. Prizes are $150, $75, and $50 for the best three hands. There is a $15 registration fee per rider or $20 for couples.
Included in the auction are tickets to the Ohio State game in Michigan and a Buckeyes helmet autographed by Urban Meyer.
Bands Blame it on Shorty, Gunz, First Due, and Deuces Wild will play in the beer tent. Also included in the day will be face painting, airbrush tattoos, portable photo booth, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses and pony rides.
Donations can be made to Community United Methodist Church, attention Jeri Dotson-Modschiedler and Family Benefit, 2600 Zurmehly Road, Lima, OH 45806.