On Dec. 9, St. Mary's Institute hosted its annual Spaghetti Dinner & Auction. This year marked a record-breaking turnout with more than 1,000 guests enjoying a memorable afternoon of great food and festivities sure to put anyone in the holiday spirit.
On behalf of the entire student body, the faculty and staff of St. Mary's Institute, the Home & School Association, the school board and our pastor, the Rev. John Medwid, I would like to express my deepest thanks to the community for supporting this important fundraiser.
This year's event featured more than 125 items in our silent auction, wonderful musical entertainment and a delicious homemade dinner prepared by my parents, owners of Sovrana's Pizza & Deli in Albany. This year's dinner committee included Lori Stachnik, Christine DiCaprio-Yandik, Sandy Blanchard, Liz Tesiero, Jeanette Constantine, Jennifer Leonard, Crystal Quatrini, Joan Krohn and Christine Potter. Many thanks are due to these women who so generously gave of their time and talents. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the many parents and family members who volunteered their time to sell tickets, work in the kitchen, serve dinners and much more.
Our sincere appreciation goes to our corporate sponsors AGT Services, Inc., Greno Industries, St. Mary's Hospital, Alpin Haus, Power & Composite Technologies, Betz, Rossi, Bellinger & Stewart Family Funeral Homes, Future Wrecker Sales, Miller Printing & Litho, Mohawk Valley Dialysis, Quandt's Foodservice Distributors, Beckmann Converting and Upstate Utilities and Consultants.
Thank you to the talented lineup of performers who provided the musical entertainment for the afternoon - Reyers Brusoe, Rachelle Cotugno, the SMI Chorus, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Peter Capobianco and Boice's Woodwind Studio. Many thanks to our art teacher, Mrs. Christine Potter, and her students for the beautiful artwork that adorned the cafeteria, gymnasium and hallways. Thank you to Mrs. Bernadette Pecora, student council advisor, and the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who did an amazing job serving our guests. You did SMI proud. Thanks to our facilities staff for their hard work and dedication.
The St. Mary's Institute spaghetti dinner is a time-honored tradition and a true community event. It is the result of months of planning, weeks of working, and days of fine-tuning rolled into one spectacular December afternoon. An old Italian proverb sums it up best, "Nulla si fa senza volonta! Without commitment, nothing gets done." We look forward to seeing you next year!
GIOVANNI VIRGIGLIO JR.
Principal,?St. Mary's Institute