Easter Seals pasta dinner draws larger crowd than last year

 

Graeme Hutchinson helps himself to a plate full of pasta during the Rotary Club's annual pasta dinner fundraiser for Easter Seals last Wednesday night (March 26) at the K of C Hall.

Graeme Hutchinson helps himself to a plate full of pasta during the Rotary Club’s annual pasta dinner fundraiser for Easter Seals last Wednesday night (March 26) at the K of C Hall.

Eight-year-old Arta Giles of Amherstburg is one of the two local Easter Seals Ambassadors this year. She and her family attended the Rotary Club’s pasta dinner last Wednesday night.

Eight-year-old Arta Giles of Amherstburg is one of the two local Easter Seals Ambassadors this year. She and her family attended the Rotary Club’s pasta dinner last Wednesday night.

By Ron Giofu

 

For the 27th consecutive year, the Amherstburg Rotary Club helped Easter Seals children thanks to its annual pasta dinner.

A total of 166 meals were served during last Wednesday evening’s dinner at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall. While a final fundraising total was not available at press time, the Rotary Club’s Easter Seals chair Martin Breshamer estimated that $1,700 would be raised once all bills have been paid.

The dinner also saw one of the local ambassadors attend with the county being represented by Arta Giles of Amherstburg. The eight-year-old said she is excited to be one of the local Easter Seals ambassadors this year.

“I think the best part of it is I get to have lots of fun,” she said. “I get to go to the telethon, I get to be here and I get to do a lot of other fun things.”

The 2014 Easter Seals Windsor-Essex telethon will be April 13 and be televised on CBC Windsor 9/Cable 10 and TV Cogeco Cable 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Breshamer said the 2013 dinner raised $1,500.

“Sometimes we get a few donations,” he said. “We’ve gone as high as $2,000.”

The Amherstburg Rotary Club usually does a walkathon for Easter Seals in the spring but Breshamer said the club might delay that until the fall due to the spring date falling close to Beef in the Burg.

David Lenz, development officer with Easter Seals Ontario, said while other Rotary Clubs in the area do fundraisers for Easter Seals, the fundraiser in Amherstburg is the largest.

“It helps tremendously,” said Lenz.

Lenz said such events assist Easter Seals in not only raising money, but creating awareness as well. Proceeds from the pasta dinner fundraiser help with financial assistance for Easter Seals children as well as mobility and communications equipment, incontinence programs, recreation programs and scholarships.

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