Roughly 140 people attend Rotary Club’s 26th annual pasta dinner

 

By Ron Giofu

 

An annual tradition put on by the Amherstburg Rotary Club has once again raised money for children supported by Easter Seals.

The 26th annual pasta dinner was presented last Wednesday evening at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall with roughly 140 people attending. Rotarian Martin Breshamer said attendance was down slightly from last year but anticipates roughly the same amount of money will be raised once all expenses have been paid.

“We hope we raise $1,500,” said Breshamer.

The event usually raises approximately $1,500-$2,000 annually.

The history of the pasta dinner dates back to the Anderdon Tavern, said Breshamer, as Tom Tzimas and brother-in-law George Kircos helped start the event. The Rotary Club met weekly at the Anderdon Tavern at the time.

Once the restaurant was sold and demolished, the event moved to the K of C Hall where it has been for the last nine years.

“The K of C has been very generous with their support,” said Breshamer. “They give us a pretty good deal.”

Local businesses also help out, said Breshamer, with donations of several door prizes.

“We appreciate that very much,” said Breshamer.

 

Easter Seals Ambassadors were at the 26th annual Rotary Club pasta dinner last Wednesday evening at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall. Joshua Zeiter (left, with parents David and Joanna) and Angelina Boschin (right, with parents Maria and Frank) were part of the crowd of roughly 140 people.

Easter Seals Ambassadors were at the 26th annual Rotary Club pasta dinner last Wednesday evening at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall. Joshua Zeiter (left, with parents David and Joanna) and Angelina Boschin (right, with parents Maria and Frank) were part of the crowd of roughly 140 people.

David Lenz, senior development officer for Easter Seals Ontario, noted two Easter Seals Ambassadors were in attendance at the dinner – Angelina Boschin and Joshua Zeiter.

Zieter said he enjoys being an ambassador and attending events like the pasta dinner.

The best part?

“It raises money for Easter Seals,” said Zieter.

Lenz said all the proceeds from the dinner help Easter Seals support local children and their families through purchases of such necessary things as wheelchairs, walkers and ramps. The money also helps send children to Camp Woodeden, located in the London area, where campers get to enjoy equipment and amenities that are fully accessible.

Fundraisers such as the pasta dinner are a big help to the Easter Seals’ cause, said Lenz. He noted other Rotary Clubs in the area also put on similar events.

“It’s very valuable,” he said. “Easter Seals has very limited staff. We rely on Rotary Clubs to help us out with this kind of thing.”

The Amherstburg Rotary Club will also be holding a walkathon in May to raise money for Easter Seals. That will be added to the proceeds of the pasta dinner as part of the club’s 2013 campaign.

“Last year, we raised $6,000 in total,” said Breshamer.

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