Conway High School will try to raise money for an ill student during its eighth annual Chili Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday in the CHS cafeteria.

Jennifer Park, who is with the culinary arts department, said every year proceeds received from the event are donated to a special cause.

This year, she said, they chose to benefit one of their own.

"We always look for students at our campus who might benefit from our support," Park said. "This year, the school counselor Jeanie Moore came to me to share about Mackenzie [Zapata] and her story."

She said the money raised will be given to Zapata, who is battling A.L.L. Leukemia.

"She is a really neat kid," Park said. "She is still continuing to do pageants, and is using her illness to promote awareness."

Tickets for the event are $5. Some of the silent auction items include Arkansas Razorbacks tickets, a Gazebo, Vanquish Conquer the Core, items from the athletic department and more donated by school clubs and students.

"You never know when something like this may affect your family," Park said. "Come out in support of Mackenzie."

The event will be held outside, behind the old school gym next to the culinary arts building on the CHS campus.