Fiesta fun

$10 Club kicks off week of awareness for Phelan-McDermid

The $10 Club, a group of ladies in the community who meet monthly to socialize and raise money for area children’s charities, gathered on July 26 to kick off Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Week and raise money for the charity.

$10 Club founder Kay Overbey said about 100 guests showed for Mexican Fiesta party at the Overbey home.

“We want to educate the public about the disease and research. They have a lot of activities going on to promote the foundation, including a Dixie Iron Riders motorcycle ride, Tomato Head sandwich promotion and others,” said Overbey.

The Foundation is called 22q13 Deletion Foundation, which refers to the chromosome 22. Phelan-McDermid Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder associated with an abnormality of chromosome 22. It is the result of the loss or deletion of a small amount of genetic material from chromosome 22.

Dr. Katy Phelan with Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network brought families who were dealing with the disorder together for the first time in May of 1992 after she started to identify families with children who were missing a part of their chromosome 22. It was her initial 15 “telephone buddies” who planted the seed that has sprouted and grown to be the 22q13 Deletion Syndrome Foundation.

“It’s a great honor to have the $10 Club kick off Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Awareness Week,” said Phelan, who attended the party with many of her MPLN colleagues and with founder Roger Hubbard and his wife, Liz. “So many people are now learning about the disorder.”

The event drew a large crowd to the Overbey home. The event was catered by El Jimador Mexican Restaurant. There was music, karaoke, a silent auction and a short presentation by Phelan.

Overbey said she started the $10 Club eight years ago as a way to support children’s charities in the community. “We got together, and the first month we had 32 people show up. Now there are about 75 ladies in the group. Twice a year we have a huge event, usually at Christmas and in the summer, and invite the guys,” Kay Overbey said.

Overbey said any ladies are welcome in the informal club as long as they have a passion for helping children in the community. “We are always looking for more $10 Club ladies,” she said.

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