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Harrison City church holds spaghetti dinner benefit for grieving family

| Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

Weeks after Jennifer Wally volunteered for an event to memorialize the death of a young Community United Methodist Church member, the Harrison City congregation is pulling together to help her with her own loss.

A spaghetti dinner will be held at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday to raise money for the family of John and Jennifer Wally, whose daughter Abigail was stillborn earlier this month.

"They've had a very sad occurrence, and we'd like to lighten their burden," said Pastor John Ciampa.

Caroline Bezak, a church member who is organizing the dinner, said she became friends with the Wallys when their children were in a playgroup together about three years ago.

Bezak said she and Jennifer Wally ran the bake sale together at Carson's Carnival, which was held at the church last month. The event was held in memory of Carson Rudick, a 5-year-old church member who died of leukemia in July.

"What spurred me wanting to do this dinner was because she was so willing to offer help for the family of another child," Bezak said.

Bezak said Jennifer Wally's willingness to help with the carnival is an example of how caring the whole family is.

"They're very warm and open people," Bezak said. "As soon as our kids became friends, we were like family."

Bezak said she hopes the money raised at the dinner will help ease the minds of the Wally family while providing a pleasant dinner for everyone.

"We often, as a congregation, try to reach out to people in the community who need some kind of support," Ciampa said. "It gives the congregation a way to engage in an act of support and offer help, and this was a family who's been through a lot."

The cost of the dinner is $6 for adults and $3.50 for children. Dinner includes spaghetti with meatballs, salad, drinks and desserts donated by Harrison City Women's Club. Bezak said all of the food for the event was donated.

Community United Methodist Church is in Harrison City, at 3487 Route 130, Irwin.

For more information, call the church at 724-744-3413.

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