• Rob Hornberger

Kingsville pasta dinner to raise funds for war-ravaged Ukraine

Local businesses, community groups rally in support of town-sponsored event
Fundraising dinner organizer Coun. Laura Lucier says event at the Grovedale Arts and Culture Centre has received help from "really generous sponsors" in the community.

KINGSVILLE — A fundraising dinner will be held this Tuesday at the Grovedale Arts and Culture Centre to aid humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.

Organizer Coun. Laura Lucier said the pasta dinner will give local residents numerous opportunities to make donations to help the war-ravaged country.

She said there will be a place to make straight donations, booths to purchase support ribbons made by New Designs in Kingsville, T-shirts and various door prize tables.

“Everybody who walks in will get a door prize ticket they’ll be able to put in the bag for the door-prize they want and if they want additional door prize tickets, we’ll make those available by donation,” Lucier said.

There will be baked goods provided by local churches and individual bakers, coffee from Red Lantern cafe and Jump Realty, peach juice from Colasanti’s and apple cider from Meleg’s.

There will also be a silent auction for original artwork donated by the Arts Society of Kingsville.

Original artwork donated by the Arts Society of Kingsville will be auctioned to raise money for Ukraine.

The Knights of Columbus and Vernon’s Tap and Grill will join forces to provide the pasta. Salad and rolls will be supplied by Kings Landing Catering.

‘“We’ve already raised a fair bit of money,” Lucier said. “We’ve had some really generous sponsors. Lots of door prizes and donations in kind. Anything I’ve asked for I’ve got.”

The pasta dinner — which runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — is a town-sponsored event and all funds raised will go into a special account set up by the municipality. Takeout will also be available.

“The town will then write a cheque to the Red Cross,” Lucier said.

As of last Tuesday, the Canadian Red Cross had raised $128 million in donations, including $30 million in matching funds from the federal government.

According to a Red Cross news release, the funds will be used for medical supplies, food, water, clothing, shelter, hygiene products, heating fuel and mental health support.

The release said $82.5 million has been spent, with around two-thirds going to support Ukrainians still in the country, the rest going to refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries.

According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, more that 10 million Ukrainians have fled their homes in the wake of the Russian invasion. More than four million have fled to neighbouring countries like Poland, creating the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War.

Last week the Ukrainian flag was raised at Kingsville town hall.

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