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Shoe fund dinner makes a triumphant return

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

The 2020 feed got scrapped and last year’s got modified but the Ester Ryan Shoe Fund Spaghetti Dinner roared back with gusto.

The Barberton Fire Department and the Magic City Kiwanis teamed up May 13 for full-fledged spaghetti dinner at the Prince of Peace Parish Hall on the Barberton/Norton line, handing out 325 sit-down meals and 100 take-out in the three-hour fete.

For $8 per adult meal and $5 for meals for kids under 10, patrons got spaghetti with or without meat sauce, a tossed salad and a dessert.

We had several individuals and organizations make donations Friday evening, also,” Kiwanian Jason Ondrus, who chaired the event, told The Herald.

Nearly all materials are donated, meaning everything taken in goes to the Esther Ryan Shoe Fund, named after its founder, a longtime school nurse who felt compelled to help children who lacked adequate footwear. The firefighters handle the kitchen and the Kiwanians do everything else, from selling the tickets to collecting the money to directing traffic to handing out the desserts.

Ondrus said the Magic City Kiwanis would pick up the cost of some $600 in paper goods that had to be bought; everything else was donated. Final figures were pending but with sales, donations and the basket raffle, preliminary numbers show the shoe fund earning roughly $6,200.

Once again, we cannot thank the Barberton Firefighters Association and this community enough for their generosity,” Ondrus said.  


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Diners twirl their spaghetti onto their forks at the popular benefit.

Barberton firefighters cook and plate the dinners with a smile.

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