Although figures aren't finalized at this writing, Charity Hospice's annual spring fundraiser - a spaghetti dinner held April 21 at Blessed Sacrament's Sargus Hall in Wintersville - raised about $13,000 to $14,000 before expenses, counting pre-dinner donations, according to Steve Seminara, director of volunteers and fundraising.
Attendance was around 800.
"We used nearly 1,500 meatballs, 160 pounds of spaghetti, 28 gallons of green beans and about 110 loaves of bread. Plus, around 800 to 1,000 donated desserts. It was just unbelievable, a fantastic event," Seminara said.
This year's event had special meaning, according to Seminara, Charity Hospice worked in cooperation with Bell Chapel United Methodist Church of state Route 213, Steubenville, to donate 50 percent of this year's proceeds to the David Pawelczyk Medical Fund. Pawelczyk, 3-year-old son of Michael and Ginny Pawelczyk of Steubenville, was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymona grade II/III brain tumor.
Along with the dinner, there were door prizes, a Chinese auction, drawings and musical entertainment courtesy of Divertimento & Paisano, a group that provided Italian and American songs from the 1940s through the 1960s.
To the left of this column are some contributed photos from the event.