October 19, 2012 at 6:37 AM
CHATHAM, NJ - The greatest gift in life is giving, not receiving. On Thursday evening, the Chatham/Madison Kiwanis held their fifth annual Pasta Dinner where hundreds of families chowed down on delicious food and helped out a great cause at the same time.
All of the proceeds went to scholarships of graduating seniors from Chatham and Madison high schools and to the Eliminate Project, which helps eradicate neo-nadal tetanus in third world countries.
The event was held from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. and Arminio’s of Chatham served spaghetti, meatballs, salad, drinks and dessert. However, most people throughout the evening came in for take-out food. Admission was $12 for adults and $7 for children.
Members of Kiwanis, the Key Clubs of Chatham and Madison High Schools, the Builders Clubs of Chatham Middle School and St. Patrick’s and the Circle K Club of Drew University all served food during the fundraiser. Kiwanis sponsors all of these student service clubs.
President of the Chatham/Madison Kiwanis, Joan May said it’s a fun evening for a great cause. Being able to help people that are less fortunate is really what the group is about, she said. May, who has been involved for about 10 years, said the merging of the towns a few years ago was a smooth transition.
“It’s really a great organization,” May said.
Volunteers Jill Gregg and Maddie James were among the people that served food. They said it’s important to give back to the community. James, a senior at the high school has participated the past few years and enjoyed it, she said.
“It’s for the Kiwanis and it’s a great organization,” Gregg said.
Kiwanis is a worldwide organization for people who desire personal involvement in the leadership and improvement of their communities. Chatham-Madison Kiwanis, was chartered on Aug, 7, 1930, is one of over 8,400 Kiwanis clubs worldwide in 96 nations and geographic areas. Their membership includes approximately 62 men and women of business, professional and retired status. It is their desire to serve the community that brings them together.