NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Community Service Association of New Providence, assisted by the New Providence Lions Club, held a spaghetti dinner at the New Providence Senior Center on Saturday to commemorate the CSA’s 60th Anniversary and raise much-needed funds for the Association to help those in need. Carol Mohoney, President of the CSA, hopes that the dinner raised several thousand dollars for those in need.
Inside the banquet hall, three rows of tables had been arranged, each row a color of the Italian flag: red, white, and green. Flower arrangements populated every table. On one side of the room, the New Providence Lions Club served – buffet-style – salad, bread, meatballs, pasta, and dessert. On the other side, attendees perused the 25 baskets up for raffle. Local businesses donated the baskets, which ranged from champagne to purses to kitchen appliances.
The CSA, founded in 1954, offers financial assistance to New Providence residents struggling with utility bills, rent, food, insurance, medical bills, transportation, and clothing. Mohoney spoke to the importance of this fundraiser: “The money all goes to residents of our town who are in financial need. It’s kept anonymous.”
The CSA pre-sold 50 tickets to the event and welcomed many walk-ins. This is the first time the CSA has chosen to hold a spaghetti dinner as their major annual fundraiser. “It’s for people in New Providence,” said Mohoney.
Mohoney gave much credit to the New Providence Lions Club for assisting with the event. Because the United Way has reduced some of the CSA’s funding, Lions Club President Al Morgan volunteered to organize and host the dinner. Morgan said, “There are a lot of people that need help. This is our way to thank them [the CSA] and help them help the community. That’s what we do. We just serve the community.”
As the dinner concluded, Morgan thanked the Lions Club, the CSA, and attendees for supporting the event. Mohoney added her thanks, and then called out the winning basket tickets. The event ended with the announcement of the two 50/50 winners, who each received $145.
CSA especially thanked the “head chef” Ken DeRoberts, Coppola’s Restaurant, Starbucks, Prestige Diner, and other local businesses that sponsored the event.
Those interested in joining or donating to the CSA should visit their website, www.csanewprovidence.org