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Red Roof Retreat hosts annual pasta dinner
Karen Post, Red Roof Retreat's special events coordinator, is preparing for the centre's annual pasta dinner fundraiser on April 28. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Red Roof Retreat will hold its 17th annual fundraising pasta dinner on Sunday, April 28.

Pasta with a Purpose will take place at Thorold’s John Michael’s Banquet Centre. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the dinner starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $30 per person, $10 for children aged six to 12 years and free for children under five. Organizers expect the event will sell out again this year.

Established in 2001, the non-profit agency provides a variety of programs and services to children and young adults with special needs, and their families.

Last year’s dinner raised over $74,000. Donations help cover costs of different programs, such as respite care, the day program, summer camp and more.

“All these funds that we raise help keep the operating costs low for the families. That’s what we’re trying to do with all our fundraising,” said Karen Post, the organization’s special events co-ordinator.

The dinner, which started at St. Vincent de Paul Hall in NOTL with about 100 participants, has grown into a regularly sold-out event with 360 guests attending each year.

As Red Roof’s biggest fundraiser, the dinner will feature silent and live auctions as well as raffles and table auctions.

Post said there haven’t been many challenges while preparing and organizing for the dinner.

“We are very fortunate in the Niagara Region because we’re near and dear to so many people’s hearts. And everybody is very good to us,” she said. “We have many supporters and they’re always very generous.”

Post says she loves the energy of the evening most.

“Everybody is there to have fun and to raise the money and knowing the good that’s going to come out of it,” she told The Lake Report. “It’s such a good-feel event because everybody is there to raise money. Everybody wants to see Red Roof Retreat offering the services that it does.”

Among other fundraising events, Red Roof also holds a croquet tournament in June, Wine Run, Sunshine Express BBQ and more.