BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Second Annual Berkeley Heights Fire Department Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, Sept. 6 at the fire house was a huge success. This late summer evening brought out a larger than expected crowd.
Chief Anthony Padovano said that the venue was moved to the fire house to accomodate the crowd. The supporters like to hang out with their family and friends, he knew the tables wouldn't turn over quickly. They pre-sold 220 tickets and welcomed over 100 walk-ins.
Firefighter Rob Maresse and Deputy Chief Tom Delia helped cook all of the food for the evening fundraiser. This included 140 pounds of pasta, over 20 gallons of tomato sauce and 860 meatballs were prepared. The members of the all volunteer department helped in the kitchen and served the salad and spaghetti dinner to the guests.
Diners brought their own beer and wine, and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with friends, family and neighbors.
With the fire trucks lined up and equipment on display, the children received tours and a chance to sit in the fire truck. Parents and grandparents enjoyed the smiles and photo opportunites.
Area fire departments supported their Berkeley Heights brothers including member from the Liberty Corner, Stirling, New Providence and Chatham Fire Departments.
"We are grateful for the support to the BHFD. Having an overwhelming turnout, serving over 300 dishes of spaghetti and meatballs to families and friends of the community." said BHFD President Mauro Iarussi.
Proceeds from the evening benefit the Berkeley Heights Fire Department Company #1.