Francisca Benitez

The annual Angel Fund Spaghetti Feed fundraiser will be held in the La Grande High School Commons from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 5. The Angel Fund provides clothing, food and other vital supplies to students without homes in La Grande. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12.

The event is hosted and facilitated by La Grande RE/MAX. About 19 local businesses are sponsoring the event. Shawna McKinnis, the owner of La Grande RE/MAX, said that last year the event raised $4,693 for the Angel Fund.

Kathleen McCall is the Youth in Transition Liason for the Angel Fund. She identifies students and families who do not have a regular or adequate place to go at night in the La Grande School District and finds out what they need.

“I see if there’s anything that we can do or provide to help the students in that family be successful,” she said. “The Angel Fund provides the funding that we need to provide services we need for kids,” she said, adding that the spaghetti feed is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Angel Fund.

McKinnis said this is the 10th year that RE/MAX has organized the spaghetti feed, and it has grown over the years.

“In the beginning, we were at a different location so we all just pitched in and made the spaghetti,” she said.

RE/MAX employees still volunteer their time for the fundraiser, but now the feed has help from a variety of volunteers and also features a silent auction and live music by Don Flippy and KC Kunckle.

Volunteers from the Angel Fund program and the LHS wrestling club, as well as RE/MAX clients and their families, will help serve food at the event. Items in the silent auction will include handmade quilts, a family photo session, desserts and a handmade cribbage board that McKinnis described as “stunning.”

See complete story in Monday's Observer