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Rotary spaghetti dinners take on new focus

Monthly dinners will benefit different charities to show where dollars go

Rotarians Pam Fallesen, left, Harlow Kisselstein, second from left, Dave Horan, second from right, and Bob Craig prepare to serve spaghetti dinners at the First United Methodist Church where the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville hosts a fundraiser dinner the first Wednesday of every month October through May each year. The first dinner will start a little later on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and will feature a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Volunteer Center's Thanksgiving baskets.

Rotarians Pam Fallesen, left, Harlow Kisselstein, second from left, Dave Horan, second from right, and Bob Craig prepare to serve spaghetti dinners at the First United Methodist Church where the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville hosts a fundraiser dinner the first Wednesday of every month October through May each year. The first dinner will start a little later on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and will feature a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Volunteer Center's Thanksgiving baskets.

— Wednesday Oct. 12 will be the first of a seasonal feature in Baldwinsville – the Rotary Club’s spaghetti dinner.

For just $6 per person (ages 13 & up), $5 for kids ages 5 to 12, free for 4 and under and a max of $25 per family, you can enjoy spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and drinks. All dinners will be the first Wednesday of the month (with the exception of this first one) and always at the First United Methodist Church on Charlotte Street in Baldwinsville.

What’s new this year is that each month the Rotary Club will donate the proceeds of a 50/50 raffle to a different cause.

“We want to be able to define for the community where the proceeds from our fundraisers go,” said program coordinator and long-time Rotarian Ann Smiley. “In general, that’s not so easy because we respond to community needs throughout the year. But here we saw an opportunity to designate the funds in advance so people can come out to the dinners and support a cause they might feel passionate about.”

The Rotary Club also hopes that once people taste the spaghetti and get a family meal for a great price, they’ll come every month.

The raffle will raise funds for both local organizations and programs within Rotary that work on a local and national level. The monthly schedule is as follows:

  • 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12 to benefit the Volunteer Center for Thanksgiving Day baskets
  • 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2 to benefit the Volunteer Center for Christmas Bureau
  • 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 to benefit the Rotary Club for Senior Citizen Christmas Party
  • 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 4 to benefit the Rotary Club for Dictionary Project (for all B’ville third graders)
  • 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1 to benefit the Rotary Club for Polio Plus –a Worldwide Polio Eradication Effort
  • 5 to 7 p.m. March 7 to benefit the Baldwinsville Food Pantry
  • 5 to 7 p.m. April 4 to benefit the Rotary Club for Baldwinsville high school scholarships
  • 5 to 7 p.m. May 2 to benefit the Canton Woods Senior Center
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