Sorella Ristorante, located at 2998 Charleston Road in Ripley, is celebrating their one-year anniversary during the month of September. As part of their celebration they will be donating a portion of their profits from the sale of their most requested appetizer, Bella Luna, to the All Kids Can Fund through the Nicholas Roush Memorial Fund held at the Jackson County Community Foundation.

The Nicholas Roush Memorial Fund is a fund that has been set up through the JCCF in memory of seven-year-old Nicholas Roush who passed away from a brain tumor in May of 1993.

Roush was the son of Cindy Paxton, owner of Sorella Ristorante. Paxton and her husband Jeff, along with Paxton’s son Ricky Jenkins who was nine-months-old at the time of his brother’s passing, and Rachel Roush who was Nicholas’ four-year-old sister at the time, have partnered with the JCCF to raise money to help other local children who are suffering from chronic or terminal diseases.

Through the Nicholas Roush Memorial Fund, parents with chronic or terminally ill children, of any age, are able to receive assistance for expenses incurred for travel and/or medical bills. Children from Jackson County or with Jackson County ties will receive preference.

Paxton, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had moved to Ripley from Fort Lauderdale, Florida in August of 1992. Shortly there after, Nicholas received his diagnosis.

Paxton said the reason for the creation of the memorial fund was to help out others in Jackson County because of the support she experienced following the passing of her son.

“During the two wakes for Nicholas, people were lined up outside on the sidewalk of the funeral home,” Paxton said. “The amount of support we received from this community was enormous. People we didn’t even know attended to show support, and that meant a lot to me.”

In addition to the portion of profits received from the sale of the Bella Luna, the Paxtons’ intend to match those funds and contribute the total to the Nicholas Roush Memorial Fund.

Through the memorial fund, proceeds will be disbursed to the AKCF which is used to purchase children’s books on topics such as kids and their differences as well as the many different disabilities some children face. These books will be distributed to kindergarten through third grade classrooms in all Jackson County elementary schools.

Paxton said she wanted to find a way to use Sorella’s one-year anniversary to help children in Jackson County.

The Paxtons’ will also be accepting donations of the following school supplies at Sorella Ristorante or the JCCF office at City National Bank in Ripley, throughout September:

• Sturdy backpacks in a solid color

• Calculators

• 3-ring binders (at least 2.5 inches)

• Boxes of tissues

• Black, blue, or red pens

• Highlighters in various colors

• Crayons – 24 count

• Number 2 pencils

• Glue sticks

• Pocket folders in various colors

• Graph paper

• Wide-rule notebook paper and spiral notebooks

• College-rule notebook paper and spiral notebooks

• Index cards

Monetary donations can also be made by going to the jccfinc.org website under Funds-Nicholas Roush Memorial Fund. All designated donations will go directly towards purchasing school supplies for children in Jackson County.

Businesses and offices may also donate supplies. The JCCF will test all donated pens and markers as well as repurpose items for schools and deliver accordingly.

Gifts to support the Nicholas Roush Memorial Fund are tax acknowledged and can be mailed to JCCF, Inc., 108 North Church Street, Ripley, WV 25271. Questions regarding this fund or other Foundation funds can be directed to Christy Sizemore, Foundation Director at 304-372-4500 or info@jccfinc.org.