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Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Limelight: Rachel's Challenge Fundraiser at Eastside Plaza Richardson

Six Paige Minatrea was diagnosed at the age of four with severe A-Plastic anemia, a serious medical condition that requires a bone marrow transplant. Six Paige is now 14 years old and had her transplant at Children’s Hospital on July 11th.

On Juy 8th, the Eastside Plaza Retailers and Restaurants have teamed with the Rachel’s Challenge organization at Naaman Forest High School (NFHS), to conduct the Dine4Six fundraiser to help pay for some of Six Paige’s medical bills. The one-night event was held with hopes to raise $5,000 and included a raffle, vendor fair, live auction, and blood drive by CarterBloodCare at the Eastside Plaza in Richardson. All proceeds that evening went towards Six Pagie’s medical bills. The event was a success and raised nearly $6,000.

During the event, Louis Murad, a full time, professional licensed auctioneer from Murad Auctions, conducted a $50 Rapid Raffle along with a live auction. Live auction packages included a stay and dine Richardson and Garland package, Spa around town, and a popular backyard movie and pizza night package, donated by Murad Auctions.

Several vendors sold items such as a Dine4Six wristband table, and other Farmers Market vendors such as MountainMan Jerky, with a portion of their nights proceeds benefitting Six Paige. In addition, Carter BloodCare stationed their bus to accept blood donations to be credited to Six Paige’s account. In addition, several of the Eastside restaurants (Chiloso’s, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Koto’s Asian Fusion, Urban Eatz, and Yumilicious) conducted fundraisers in their individual restaurants with a portion of the night’s proceeds going back to Rachel’s Challenge.

Donations are still being accepted. Those interested in donating money can contact Barb Gatti at For those interested in giving blood, please visit any Carter BloodCare Donor Center and ask to have blood donations put under Six Paige’s name.

About Rachel’s Challenge
Rachel's Challenge is a nonprofit organization set up in memory of Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine shootings in 1999. The organization’s mission is to help students and the community in need, as in Six Paige’s case, by financially supporting medical expenses. Visit to learn more about its mission and outreach.

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