Spaghetti dinner lends hand to displaced families
A spaghetti dinner sponsored by Our Lady of Victory Church and Knights of Columbus Council 12900 will benefit two Grandview families displaced by a Sept. 6 fire.
The dinner will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Our Lady of Victory's Parish Life Center, 1559 Roxbury Road in Marble Cliff.
Freewill offerings and donations will be accepted for the dinners, which will include spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and water, lemonade, soda or wine. Carryout will be available.
The Price and Bussey families were displaced by the fire, which started in the courtyard area of the property and caused $300,000 damage to the duplex residence. The cause remains undetermined.
"The families lost all of their belongings, but fortunately, no one was hurt," said Jesse Oddi, who is helping organize the spaghetti dinner.
The families are staying at a home in Marble Cliff, he said. Both families have school-age children.
An Our Lady of Victory church member brought the fire and the families' situation to the attention of the church and the Knights, and it was an easy decision to turn the dinner into a benefit for them, Oddi said.
"We raised the idea with Monsignor Ciotola and he immediately agreed," Oddi said.
The dinner usually serves as a fundraiser for the church and the Knights of Columbus, but occasionally, a need in the community arises that deserves support, he said.
A couple of years ago, the dinner's proceeds were donated to help pay the medical bills of a Tri-Village-area youngster battling cancer, Oddi said.
"When we have a special benefit like we do this year, we usually get a larger-than-normal turnout for the dinner," he said.