Group's fundraiser hopes to make Christmas merrier for local needy
By Linda Harkcom
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 9:30 p.m.
A local group with a mission to make Christmas merrier for local children is hosting a spaghetti dinner this weekend to raise money for its cause.
Madisyn's Angels was created in 2010 in honor of Madisyn Grace Klepsky who died Dec. 16, 2008, as a result of shaken baby syndrome, a form of child abuse. The organization provides Christmas gifts to children in need in the Southmoreland and Mt. Pleasant Area school districts It was founded by Gwen Klepsky, the child's great grandmother and the child's father, Justin Klepsky, both of Scottdale.
“If we didn't have the money from these events, we couldn't be able to do what we have been doing. All of the money for the program comes from these events and from canisters we put out the beginning of November. It all comes from donations,” said Gwen Klepsky.
Volunteers will hold the dinner from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday at the Scottdale Elks Club. Dinners are $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 10 and ages five and under are free. Diners will each receive spaghetti, meatball, salad, bread, dessert and a drink.
This is the second year for the event. Last year, the group raised between $1,500 and $1,600. The money from this event and others allowed them to deliver more than 1,000 toys to more than 300 children.
”Hopefully, it will be bigger than last year because every year we have more children to buy for and we need the donations to make that happen,” Klepsky said.
Many friends, relatives and area businesses have come together by donating money, items and time. Klepsky said all of the salad for the event has been donated by Cathy and Al Thomas, who own Fox's Pizza Den in Mt. Pleasant. Jaydene Nelson of Scottdale, owner of Alexander's Pizza in Mt. Pleasant, donated spaghetti sauce and 40 pounds of spaghetti.
There also will be a Chinese auction at the event, which will feature at least 12 themed baskets.
Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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