TOWNSEND — Saturday brought bright sun, leaves of gold, the air perfumed with the fragrance of maple burning in nearby fireplaces and pasta lovers supporting the American Cancer Society’s dinner hosted by event co-chair Christina Morrison.
As the sun’s last rays illuminated the entrance doors of the Meeting Hall, supporters began arriving and Morrison was smiling.
“This is a cause that means so much to me, my grandfather passed away from cancer when he was 43 and anything I can do to find a cure brings me satisfaction,” she said. “Everyday I am grateful for my health and that I can help with events like this.”
Mom Nadia was also helping and as she carried chafing dishes of pasta she too was smiling. “Christina gives so much of her time to this worthwhile cause and this was my chance to give too. I lost my father when he was so young and recently a co-worker who was 42. We can never do enough to battle this disease.”
Helping Christina and Nadia in the kitchen were Meeting Hall committee members Jane Jackson and Suzanne Doust. Added Jane, “This magnificent hall is provided without charge for nonprofit events like this, I am honored to be involved with this effort.”
The buffet dinner included pasta with homemade meat sauce and pasta with marinara sauce, tossed green salad, rolls and bread, punch, and hot beverages. An array of mouth-watering desserts were provided by Townsend’s Mommy’s Mobile Meals, a coalition of 45 local mothers who provide meals and food to those in need and for charitable causes like this one. (www.mommypower.com). The selections included lemon bars, cranberry bread, fudge brownies and individually wrapped pink frosted sugar cookies shaped in the internationally recognized ribbon symbol for breast cancer awareness. (October is breast cancer awareness month.)
The giant round dining tables had autumn centerpieces of towering gold pillar candles surrounded by pine cones, all provided by Donna Gilardi of Shirley.
Townsend’s Tim Rollo and his band, drummer Doug McCloud and base guitarist Lou DeMartino, played retro hits from the ’60s and ’70s.
Helpers from Hawthorne Middle School included Allison Kleeman, Emily Gaskin, Jordan O’Brien, Marie Shepherd, Carly Dillis, and Emily Valacer.
Cheryl and Steve Clouthier are longtime supporters. “It is a treat to attend this tasty benefit dinner while listening to talented musicians. It is obvious that great care was taken with the food service and preparation as well as in the decorating. We hope to have more wonderful events like this,” said Cheryl Clouthier. Rhonda Sullivan and her dad Dick Sullivan arrived early. “We are so lucky to be here and support all this wonderful effort,” said Rhonda Sullivan.
Close to $500 was raised from this event.
Upcoming local Lets Beat Cancer events include Saturday, Nov. 6, “The After Halloween Bash” from 7 to midnight at The Billiards Café, 39 Main St., Ayer, 978-772-7665. Admission is $10; enjoy billiards, entertainment and more.
On Monday evening, Nov. 15, it’s comedy night from 6-11 at Café Destare with “Laughter is the Best Medicine.” Boston area comics are featured. Tickets are $10 and $7 with a student ID. Café Destare, 320, Main St., Fitchburg, 978-345-5734.
Contact Christina Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.