Caring for Life masquerade ball raises funds for local families

By BEN KLEIN

bklein@timesobserver.com

“Bad hair, bad clothes, great cause.”

Caring For Life turned the Conewango Club in Warren into a masquerade ball for the third annual Mom Prom on Friday.

“Tonight all of the women in this community dig out old prom dresses and dance the night away to support Caring For Life, an organization that provides finanical and emotional assistance to families with seriously ill children in Warren County,” Caring For Life President Darbee Harrington said.

Caring For Life was founded by Linda Sivak in 1991. Funds raised by Caring For Life are used to help cover the expenses for families traveling out of the area for specialized care for a sick child.

“We also reimburse for medical expenses that aren’t covered by insurance,” Harrington said. “One of the things that makes us unique is the fact we don’t discriminate based on the income of parents, we recognize that even when two parents are working the stress of the financial obligations can be great.”

Families participating in Caring For Life have to have a chronic illness, fill out a registration from, and be approved by the board.

“We do not ask about income,” Caring For Life Vice President Lacey Schuler. “We just more or less need diagnosis.”

Caring For Life also covers the cost of medical equipment, she said.

The group held a wine and food paring earlier this year and is working to reinstate a support group and a Santa run.

The Caring For Life board members are Cris Beuger, Lacey Schuler, vice president, Darbee Harrington, president, Katie Walker, treasurer, Cynthia Klenowski, secretary, and Casey Johnson, executive director.

For more information visit Caring For Life’s Facebook page.