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JONESVILLE — An event consisting of “Food, Friends and Fun” raised around $2,000 for a local woman.

“Food, Friends and Fun” was held Saturday at Oakbrook Community Church and featured numerous musical performances, as well as t-shirts, hot dog plates and a variety of desserts.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the medical bills of Dee Dee McDade, who was diagnosed with breast cancer and was scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday.

The concept of the benefit came from Tammy West, who said she felt God put the idea in her head. West said McDade has been good to her son, Ryan, who teaches piano lessons to McDade’s son.

“She’s just so sweet,” West said.

West first got the idea to make t-shirts.

“Then I thought, ‘How can I sell them?’” West said.

West’s family is “all about music” as her sons are musicians, so she decided to host a concert and sell the t-shirts there. As plans progressed, West got the idea to sell food as another means of fund raising. West said she did not have to do much planning, as everything seemed to come together easily for the event.

“Every day I would wake up, and God told me what to do,” she said. “I would get calls, or something else would pop in my head.”

West said local businesses, churches and individuals were eager to help raise money for McDade.

“I would call Andy’s or Kirby’s Cake Shoppe, and they would say, ‘Oh yeah, I know Dee Dee,’” West said. “She does so much for everybody. There were so many who were willing to help.”

West said donations came from Dairi-O, Bantam Chef, Andy’s, Kirby’s Cake Shoppe, Midway BBQ, Bi-lo, Hospice Care of South Carolina, Blue Ridge Hospice, and several churches and individuals.

Music at the benefit was performed by the Oakbrook Community Church Praise Team, Voices of Truth, Amy House, Tony Henderson, Joycelyn Henderson, Ryan West, Jill and Madison Phipps, Michael Faulkner and Miranda Faulkner.

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