Baldwinsville Last fall the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville took a new approach to an old tradition by adding a 50/50 raffle to each month’s spaghetti dinner, raising money for a specific charity or organization. The hope was that it would improve attendance and raise even more money; and it did.
The club was able to donate more than $600 to local programs including the Volunteer Center, Food Pantry and Rotary sponsored programs like the holiday dinner for Baldwinsville seniors held each Christmas and the scholarships given out every year.
“We started the raffles last year to show the community which organizations will benefit from the money raised at these dinners, but also hope they will take it a step further to recognize that it is students, seniors, veterans and families in need here in Baldwinsville that will ultimately benefit because we are supporting the programs they need,” said Ann Smiley, club treasurer and chairperson for spaghetti dinners.
For the 2012-13 spaghetti dinner season, the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville will continue the raffle program with the following schedule of designated recipients:
- Oct. 3: Volunteer Center for Thanksgiving Day baskets
- Nov. 7: Volunteer Center for the Christmas Bureau
- Dec. 5: Rotary Club of the Senior Citizen Christmas Party
- Jan. 2: Rotary Club for the Dictionary Project (for all B-ville third graders)
- Feb. 6: Habitat for Humanity’s 2013 Veteran’s Build
- March 6: Community Food Pantry
- April 3: Rotary Club for the three Baldwinsville High School Scholarships
- May 1: TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 3, will be the first of the eight dinners, all held at the First United Methodist Church on Charlotte Street in Baldwinsville. For just $6 per person (ages 13 and up), $5 for kids ages 5 to 12 and seniors, free for 4 and under and a max of $25 per family, you can enjoy spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and drinks.
“It is still a great value and we serve the best sauce in town,” Smiley said.
The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday and at 12:15 p.m. every Wednesday for lunch at the First United Methodist Church of Baldwinsville on Charlotte Street. Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary is invited to attend a meeting.