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Spaghetti dinner to raise funds for new St. Anthony’s library

January 31, 2019

It’s not horrible, but Amy Sokol admits it could be improved.

The St. Anthony’s Home and School principal said it’s been more than 25 years since its library has been updated. With blank white walls and outdated books and furniture, the building is in need of an upgrade.

“It’s just not very kid friendly. It’s not a very inviting place,” Sokol said. “You go to the children’s library at the public library and it’s so inviting and it’s so warm and it’s just a fun place for kids, and ours looks like a hospital.”

Sokol estimates it would cost about $10,000 to renovate the space. Julie Urkoski, vice president of the St. Anthony’s Home and School Association, said the idea is to make it a more inviting space for the kids. To raise funds, all proceeds from the third annual St. Anthony’s Home & School Spaghetti Supper will go toward the project.

“So we’d like to completely paint, new furniture, cozy seating, new books, basically an entire remodel with additional books and opportunities for the kids,” Urkoski said. “We’re hoping the spaghetti dinner is our initial first big drop in the bucket of what we need to accomplish the project “

The dinner will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the school, 1719 Sixth St. in Columbus. Tickets are $10 for adults and kids ages 5 to 10 are $5. All children 4 and under eat free. The meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, choice of sauce, breadsticks, lettuce salad, beverages and a dessert. Takeout is available.

The event will host a raffle and silent auction. Urkoski said she hopes those attending the church’s Polka Mass from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. that same day will stop on by the dinner. The event organizers have a goal of at least 300 people attending.

“I just feel like the idea of the spaghetti dinner is just a great way to build fellowship among the school and the parish of the church,” Urkoski said. “It’s going to be a fun night. It just appeals to everybody.”

To help with the fundraising, the Columbus Area Future Fund has agreed to contribute a matching grant worth up to $500 toward the project. If the project was to meet its goal through the dinner, Sokol said she’d like to have the renovation done before school starts in the fall.

The event is sponsored by St. Anthony’s Home and School Association and St. Teresa Sodality. Sokol said the school’s third- through sixth-grade students will help bus tables at the dinner. Many others from the school and church community will volunteer as well.

“I just think it’s a great way for us to work together, show appreciation for each other, and work for a common goal,” Sokol said about the Spaghetti Supper.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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