Spaghetti dinner nourishes community in more ways than one
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It’s time for the 42nd annual Spaghetti Dinner, put on by the Humble Intercontinental Rotary. Held every year on the Friday before Good Friday at the Humble Civic Center, the Rotarians dish up good food and a selfless spirit. Rotary President Philippe Cras says the tradition goes back years, when the members got together and cooked spaghetti sauce in metal trash cans. It turned out to be quite the event. From those early beginnings, the event has grown each year to a record 850 diners in 2007. Helping the Rotary event will be firefighters from fire stations of Porter, Atascocita and Humble, who will cook the sauce again this year. Each firehouse will start with the same basic sauce and add their own “secret” ingredients with the spaghetti donated by Westminster House of Kingwood. Then, those same cooks will also serve the dinner guests. Three local restaurants – Amedeos, Hasta La Pasta and Italiano’s – will do the tasting for the competition for best sauce. Another long-lasting tradition is that the Women of Rotary sell desserts that the members bake. Diners can expect enthusiastic silent and live auctions including the hugely popular car raffle. The Rotarians sell only 600 tickets. The winner will be offered a choice of cars with four local dealerships participating: Deerbrook Chrysler, Robbins, Planet Ford and Planet Dodge. Go check out the cars before the dinner by visiting Deerbrook Mall where a sample of the exciting choices are on display. Several HISD groups will perform throughout the evening as well as musicians Jaime Casco and Cloris Grimes; Grimes used to play with the Jackson Five. The event raises a net of about $50,000 every year, with all proceeds going to local charities. The best tradition of all? The enormous contributions made by this small group in Humble. Since they began keeping close records, the club has donated a total of $1,300,000! This is an excellent family event. All-you-can-eat spaghetti, entertainment and a kids’ corner with lots to do. It serves as a great time to show children what good things the community can do when it works together. Stop by anytime from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Humble Civic Center. While you’re there, congratulate the Rotarians for being the leader for the community when it comes to doing great deeds. Imagine what the next 42 years will bring.