“Spay”-ghetti Dinner To Raise Money For All Animals Matter

By: Melissa Stagnaro

“Spay”-ghetti dinner to raise money for All Animals Matter

NORWICH – At first glance, the name of this weekend’s fundraiser for All Animals Matter may appear to be a typo. But there’s no mistake. The event, which takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Norwich Fire Station, really is called the “Spay”-ghetti Dinner and Silent Auction.

Organizer Diane Troxell thought the play on words was fitting since all proceeds will support the not-for-profit’s mission of spaying and neutering dogs and cats.

“Spay”-ghetti. Get it?

Troxell, a true animal lover, started the organization in May of 2009. Since that time, the group has succeeded in spaying and neutering more than 40 feral cats through its TNR (trap neuter release) program. It also helps cover medical bills for both owned and homeless pets, and maintains a Pet Food Bank for families who are struggling financially.

They rely on donations and a number of fundraisers throughout the year – including their popular fall mum sale – to support those activities. Last year, the organization raised – and spent – close to $10,000.

“All of our funds go to help animals,” Troxell said, explaining the group pays no salaries.

All proceeds from Saturday’s event will support the spaying and neutering program, and Troxell and her fellow organizers are hoping people will bring both their appetites and their checkbooks.

The spaghetti and meatball dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. and include bread, salad, drink and dessert. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Children 5 and under are free. Take out will be available.

The evening will also include a silent auction, featuring items donated by area businesses. Some of the most notable pieces will be handcrafted items donated by the artisans and craftspeople whose work is carried by Gallery 3-2-1, which Troxell owns with her husband, Bill.

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