Over one hundred people polished off at least one plate of spaghetti Friday night at the spaghetti dinner hosted by the Coast Life Support District (CLSD). Evan Dilks, Director of Operations at CLSD, managed to talk his wife, Chris, into helping with sauce. It would be interesting to know what he had to promise. Chris and David Caley, District Administrator, made great meat and vegetarian sauces. People must have known about their spaghetti skills because the place was hopping.
Evan also helped with sausage grilling and slicing for the meat sauce. There were a lot of other mostly CLSD staff and Board members helping in the kitchen (see below). They looked like a well-oiled machine. Other CLSD spouses and community volunteers helped as well. Goldie wore a pin that read, “I am not Bonnie.” And Bonnie was sporting her “I am not Goldie” pin. The women look nothing alike except that they’re tall and blond, but are often mistaken for one another.
EMTs and Paramedics from CLSD later joined them in the kitchen and were out in force in and around the tables enjoying the all you can eat spaghetti, salad bar, and ice cream along with the rest of the community.
There was a lot of discussion at the tables about vacations: some people had just returned while others were about to set off. But all came together for one night to help the fundraiser benefitting Meals on Wheels. Poor Geoff Beatty, CLSD Board Chair, missed his first day of vacation to be at the dinner.
The tables were decorated with traditional red and white tablecloths, although no chianti bottle candles graced the tables.
Eddie Bower was the lead busser and helper. Flowers from the tables were passed out to diners to take home. Three year old Lute Bower, wanting to be a volunteer just like his big brother, Mom, Julie, and Dad, David, spent his time taking them back from everyone and putting them all together on one of the tables. A charming example of community pitching in!
As always, special thanks to Gualala Supermarket, Surf Market, and Gualala Community Center for providing beverages, food, and venue.
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