An organizational meeting was held Monday night in the lunchroom at The Catholic Center for the Cole Patrick Grinnen “Eat It & Beat It” Pasta Dinner.
Cole is a 5-year-old boy from Ellwood City who, after getting a rare sinus infection back in February, was forced to have immediate brain surgery to remove a piece of his skull, and is now waiting for reconstructive surgery to replace the damaged portion of his skull.
The “Eat It & Beat it” pasta dinner is one of several charitable events that have been designed to help Cole through this ordeal that began six months ago, mainly helping to pay some of the medical bills from constant hospital visits.
During the organizational meeting, it was discussed that the date of the dinner, Sunday September 16, is also the Steeler’s home opener. So, they suggested “Take Outs” to eat during the game.
The menu was also decided on: Pasta, Meatballs (Queen of Heaven meatballs and sauce), bread, salad, dessert, and beverage. The committee also decided on the prices of $7.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children under 10 years of age, and $30.00 Family Style (enough for 5-7 people).
Tickets can be purchased at the parish office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Holy Redeemer school office, The Color Center on Lawrence Avenue, or from any of the committee members listed. Also, tickets can be purchased after Sunday Masses starting the weekend of August 25-26.
Donations have already been made from Christy’s Restaurant, Loccisano’s, The Color Center, Giant Eagle, and The Eric Ryan Corp. There will also be a “Gift Basket Raffles” with all proceeds to go to the Cole Patrick Grinnen Trust Fund c/o ESB Bank, 600 Lawrence Ave. Ellwood City.
Those in attendance at the meeting were: Sr. Joanne, Stacey Eyerman, Antoniette Main, Helen Gobrich, Crystal Simpson, Jennifer Contino, Alice Gretch, Mary Zollum, Gerry Barile, Chris MacDonald, Cherlyn Rangel, Linda Beetschen, Judy McCloskey, Darlene Esoldo, Joanne Ottaviani, Jim Hackett, Pat Gerello, and Frank Zayas.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, August 22 at 7 p.m. in the lunchroom of the Catholic Center. Everyone is welcome to attend.