Alstrom Angels will host its 6th annual Night for Angels Benefit Dinner on Saturday.
Tickets are still available and items are currently up for auction with proceeds going toward Alstrom Angels, a Lubbock-based organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to contribute to finding a cure for Alstrom Syndrome.
Cassie Johnston, founder of Alstrom Angels and mother to the 780th child in the world to be diagnosed with Alstrom Syndrome, said the organization’s goal is to raise $100,000 through the benefit.
“People can still get tickets,” she said. “They can get them on our website.”
Tickets cost $50 each for adults, which includes dinner, drinks and an event shirt. Tickets for kids 6 to 20 years old are $35. The costs increase by $10 at the door.
Tickets for kids 5 years old and under are $5 and will increase to $10 at the door.
The event includes a BBQ dinner at Four Bar K, 302 East 82nd St., with live entertainment by Cameran Nelson and Jason Fellers from 7 to 11 p.m. and silent and live auctions.
“We have taken our auction mobile,” Johnston said. “No more paper sheets. No more pens. No more last minute scrambling to get to bidding sheets. Even if they’re not at the event, they can still be a part of the evening. Everything we have is online. We continue to have new items every day.”
Raffle items shown at www.alstromangels.org on Wednesday include a Louis Vuitton handbag and a Jim Bowie Pellet Grill.
Proceeds from the event will go toward funding research to develop a cure for Alstrom Syndrome, which is a rare disease that affects all parts of the body.
Bryce Johnston, Cassie’s daughter, was diagnosed with the disease when she was 3 years old in 2012.
Bryce is now 9 years old. She’s lost her vision is dealing with hearing loss and has developed a slew of other conditions as a result of the disease.
As she’s grown, Cassie said Bryce is learning more about her disease, as is age-appropriate, and the entire Johnston family - including Bryce’s sister, Paityn, and father, Lynn - remain positive.
“You never know what might change tomorrow in medicine,” Cassie said.