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CSA's 5th Annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser Set for Sunday

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New Providence Lions serving guests at the 3rd Annual CSA Pasta Dinner.  Credits: Yelena Khusid
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Some of the nearly 80 baskets raffled off at the 3rd Annual CSA Pasta Dinner.  Credits: Yelena Khusid
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Is everyone ready to come together as a community and break bread to support the CSA? It's time for The Community Service Association of New Providence's 5th Annual Pasta & Meatball Dinner! This fun, family-friendly event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the DeCorso Community Center, 15 East Fourth Street, New Providence. Pasta, meatballs, and dessert will be served from 3-7 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person; children five and under are free. Cash and checks will be accepted at the door. No credit cards will be accepted on site, but anyone wishing to pay for their entrance tickets ahead of time can do so via PayPal.

Lisa McKnight, President of the CSA, welcomes all members of the community and beyond to this fun and delicious fundraiser. She also expressed her thanks to the New Providence Lions Club and Ken DeRoberts of soupkitchen411.com.  "We could not do this without their help," she said. "The Lions coordinate all the food purchase, prep, and serving, and Ken is our chef extraordinaire for the day!"

She continued:  "On behalf of the CSA , I would especially like to thank our Pasta Dinner Platinum sponsors: Lassus Wherley, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Project Olive Tree, and The De Angelo Family.  I also want to send our gratitude to the Prestige Diner for their continued support."

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The annual Pasta Dinner is the CSA's main fundraising event of the year, and all proceeds go to support the CSA's mission of Neighbors helping Neighbors.

Carole Falk, CSA volunteer and Pasta Dinner chairperson, said that there over 90 baskets ready to be given away at this year's event, including nine "Shamrock" high-value baskets. "We are giving away bicycles for girls and boys, driver's ed training, an electric heater, a 5 x 7 carpet, fitness classes, massages, toys, a ladies' spa night, a golf outing for four, and so many other great prizes featuring goodies from around town and more," she said. A 50/50 raffle will also be held.

The Community Service Association of New Providence is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides temporary assistance to New Providence residents with financial needs while respecting the dignity and anonymity of the individuals and families. This could mean helping a family with medical bills, paying utility bills or rent, clothing assistance, transportation, and more. The CSA was established in 1954 and is believed by longtime members to be the first organization of its kind in the country. New Providence residents who would like to get involved are welcome to the CSA meetings on the second Wednesday of each month.

Residents in need of the CSA's help, or anyone wishing to get involved in supporting or volunteering, can call  (908) 665-8254 or email csanewprovidence@gmail.com.

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