A medical benefit is being planned for Rita Flesch Ruot, Tower Hill, to be held in the Pana Eagles Lodge, Saturday, Nov. 1. A number of activities are planned.
Rita was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian and uterine cancer in January, 2013. This year, on Aug. 6, she was diagnosed with brain cancer. She is currently going to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis for radiation treatments.
Family and friends are getting together to celebrate her life and help with her medical expenses. She herself has worked in the health care industry and also worked as a baby-sitter for many community members.
Activities will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a Bean Bag Toss Tournament. Sign-up is from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. There is a $20 entry fee which includes a T-shirt. Call Meghan Ruot, 217-690-8258 to enter or for more information.
Then at 4:00 p.m., Prairie Sky Cam will have a Ball Drop Contest. It is not necessary to be present to win. Tickets are on sale now. There is also a raffle for a 48-inch Vizio flat screen TV.
A pulled pork meal will be served at 5:00 p.m. at the Eagles.
There will be an auction of donated items beginning at 6:30 p.m. Price-Spracklen Auction Group will conduct the sale.
Following the auction, there will be music by the Bearup Brothers Band.
Cash donations are accepted at any time. An account has been set up at Peoples Bank and Trust in Pana where the donations can be brought.
Rita is the daughter of the late Leo and Eleanor Temmen Flesch of Oconee. Rita and her husband, John “Beans” Ruot, live in Tower Hill. They have three children, Lea (Kenny) Jackson, Taylorville, Chrissy (Shawn) Ruot, Tower Hill and Jake (Meghan) Ruot, Pana. They also have six grandchildren.
Those who would like to donate or would like more information may call any of the following: Sandy Pinkston, 827-5899; Phil Holthaus, 827-8401; or Linda Schmitz, 562-4487.