The Starkdale Presbyterian Church semi-annual "Chicken Grill" will be held May 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 4600 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville.
The full menu includes a half of chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, dessert and a beverage. Cost is $9 for adults and $4.50 for a child's portion. Patrons can dine in or order takeout. Phone orders can be placed by calling (740) 264-5309 after 3 p.m.
Proceeds benefit Abigail Kinney, a 7-year-old Edison Local student and member of the Starkdale congregation who has been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder affecting her vision.
"Very little is known about Abigail's version of the disorder so no cure or treatment is available at the moment. However, there is hope," according to a church spokesperson. "Recently scientist and doctors created a gene therapy treatment for one of the more common forms of Abigail's disorder that restored sight to those receiving it. If this approach were taken for Abigail's form of the disorder, there is a good chance that she, and others like her, could avoid a life of darkness. The only way this will happen is if the necessary research and resources can be directed to the effort of producing a cure. The once unthinkable goal, curing blindness, is within reach. Therefore, the members of Starkdale are committed to helping raise money to reach this goal," the spokesperson said.
Direct donations, which are tax-deductible, also will be accepted and can be made online at www.RDH12.org or by check payable to: RDH12 Fund for Sight and mailed to RDH12 Fund for Sight, P.O. Box 161481, Boiling Springs, SC 29316
Getting ready for the dinner are Ruth Carson, Abigail Kinney, Pat Szelast, Cindy Sagrilla, Ella Jane Burns, George Allan, Helen Chociej, Jill Wickham and Bob Burns.