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Big Turnout in Support of “Room with a Soul”
—Posted Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 3:43 pm—
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I was one of about 350 paying guests Saturday night at the Friends of Hospice spaghetti feast fundraiser at Portuguese Hall in Fort Bragg.
The event was organized to raise money for the hospital room that is in the process of being beautified to make it a more warm and inviting place for hospice patients and their families.
It was especially gratifying to see so many people in our community come out in support of the event, which included a great dinner for just $15, music and lots and lots of raffle prizes (30+) and silent auction items (100+).
Friends of Hospice President Cynthia Wall reports that the event raised about $10,000.
I want to join Cynthia in thanking all those who made this a wonderful and successful event. They include:
· About 350 paying guests
· 6 FBHSchoolers from the new Culinary Arts Program
· 8 from the FBHS InterAct Volunteers program
· 4 came as helpers and did the raffle ticketing
· Youngest volunteer was 8 and she took tickets, served desserts, and kept us happy (Adriana Gonzalez, board member Rosa’s daughter)
· In addition to 7 Friends of Hospice board members, there were 40 adult volunteers who worked an average of 10 hours non-stop
· Ben Nicholson has been the coordinator and encouraging voice since February. He’s “just a volunteer,” but what a leader!
· Scott Voorhees did most of the graphics: poster, tickets, etc.
· Most of the “whatever you need” folks were from a local men’s group and they “just said YES!” whenever anything was asked
· Leaders in the kitchen: Mike Cimolino, sauce; John Wilson, meatballs; Wendy Cimolino salad and bread, and they brought their own crews and secret recipes
Last, but not least, notes Cynthia: “A special thanks goes to Gin Kremen who ran that show with pizzazz and diligence deserves a Pulitzer prize.”

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