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Posted: 02/05/14

Samaritan House hosts
4th spaghetti dinner

Observer Staff Writer

      The Samaritan House is serving up dinner and prizes to help better serve low-income families.
       The 4th Annual Spaghetti Dinner is set for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 5, at the Washington Lions Banquet Center on Van Dyke.
       The dinner is one of three major fundraisers for the Samaritan House, which also holds an annual golf outing and bowling outing.
       Gretchen Monette, development coordinator for the Samaritan House, said this year's goal is to raise $8,000, which provides half a month's worth of food in the non-profit's pantry.
       "We're hoping that the spaghetti dinner becomes one of our larger fundraisers," she said.
       Monette said the biggest change for this year's dinner is the venue, with the Washington Lions providing its space for the fundraiser.
       "We like to keep the event fresh and to expose people to different banquet facilities around the area," she said. "The Washington Lions Club has been an excellent host to us."
       The other significant change from previous years is the caliber of prizes available during the dinner's silent auction and raffles. Monette said this year's raffle includes 16 gift baskets put together by the Samaritan House and sponsoring churches.
       The baskets are each valued at $200 or above and include everything from tea packages and tickets to Freedom Hill, to themes like sports and honey-do list.
       "The Board of Directors went above and beyond the call and were able to coordinate and connect with all these different donors," she said. "We have stepped it up a notch this year."
       Dinner itself will be all-you-can-eat pasta with two sauce choices, tossed salad, rolls and butter, dessert and nonalcoholic beverages. A cash bar will be available.
       Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by John Salsido, while a caricaturist will be donating services and any tips to the Samaritan House.
       Tickets are $20 per adult or two for $35, and $6 for children ages 8-12. The Washington Lions Banquet Center is located at 58000 Van Dyke.
       Samaritan House is a Christian-based organization that provides food and utility assistance to the communities of Armada, Bruce, Macomb, Shelby, Ray, Romeo and Washington.
       For more information, call the Samaritan House at (586) 336-9956 or visit
       The dinner is sponsored by Blue Water Trucking.

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