Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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October 9, 2012

This event is more than just dinner

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — When it comes to a fundraiser like a spaghetti dinner it takes much more than serving up the tasty food to get ready.

For board members of the United Fund of Pauls Valley it takes all the little details if the event's going to be a success.

It comes down to plenty of planning to get ready for United Fund's spaghetti dinner and silent auction event set from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Bosa Community Center.

“It takes a lot of time and energy,” board President Connie Weeks said about the planning needed to make the dinner a success.

“I've put my regular work aside for a few days trying to get donations and figure out what we're going to buy for the dinner and getting items for the silent auction,” she said.

“It does take a lot of planning. This will go all the way up to the day of the event.”

A closer look shows all that planning is focused on such things as how many dozens of pounds of meat are needed, how much pasta and meat sauce should be ready to go and the right number for the loaves of garlic bread and bags of salad.

“We had 20 loaves last year and ran out the first hour and a half,” Weeks said, referring to the bread served at last year's dinner.

That's not to mention the various items board members are hoping to get donated for the event's silent auction, which are expected to come from businesses from all over the county.

“If anyone is interested in donating to the silent auction or just to the dinner, they can feel free to contact me,” she said, adding her work number at Big 5 Community Services is 405-238-2988.

Adding to all that planning is this year's dinner, normally held at the county fairgrounds, will be held at a new site — the local Bosa Center.

When the dinner is over board members have decided perishable food items left over will be donated to the Cornerstone food ministry, while the non-perishables will go to the local Delta food pantry.

With the hopes a big, hungry crowd will make their way to the dinner, all proceeds from the event go the United Fund effort, which contributes money to a variety of community organizations.

During a recent meeting the board approved a $75,000 budget for next year's United Fund campaign.

This new budget, considered a more realistic goal, is slightly down from the targeted amount for this year.

The budget approval comes a couple of weeks after board members met with representatives from a long list of organizations requesting funds for next year.

The groups offer a wide range of services — from food for those in need to various activities for kids to health care and transportation.

Another United Fund event planned for early next month is a paintball tournament.

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