The Boys’ Swim and Dive team hosted a spaghetti dinner at the St. Francis Xavier Educational Center last Saturday night. Their team is self-funded and this is one of the three big fundraisers they have to do to stay afloat.
The spaghetti dinner has been around for three years and this year was the biggest turnout yet. Usually, there is leftover food to be frozen, but this year there was barely enough. Besides the dinner there was also a silent auction and a live one where swimmer Jamie Green‘s grandfather was the auctioneer because he used to do it for a living. Businesses donated the items and the money from the top bidder of each item went to the team.
A ton of parent volunteers had to decorate, advertise and cook while the swimmers served. The boys provided entertainment, too. Dressed in black and white with red bandanna bow-ties, mustaches and even some berets, they loudly welcomed guests at the door.“Pam [Brophy– Head Coach] wanted us to look like servers in an Italian restaurant so we got all dressed up,” said Junior Ian Warpula. “The best experience was greeting everyone with such enthusiasm. We would push open the doors and start screaming and yelling with our ‘Italian accents’. We got to have fun while doing our job of welcoming people. It think it was a lot of fun for the people who came and for us.”