The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 9, 2014

Fundraiser benefits Camanche students

By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CAMANCHE — All-you-can-eat spaghetti is on the menu for the Camanche Committee of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Camanche High School seniors are the meal’s beneficiaries.

The 17th annual Camanche Committee Spaghetti Supper is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Camanche High School and because the Camanche boy’s basketball team will take on Northeast High School, organizers expect this to be one of the best-attended events in recent years.

“This game especially against Northeast is typically a well-attended game so we’re thinking it’s going to be a really great night,” Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce president Nathan Sondegroth said.

All of the proceeds from Friday’s meal will go toward a scholarship fund benefiting continuing education for Camanche High School seniors.

In years past, the Camanche committee has been able to dole out several scholarships to qualified candidates, and this year they are hoping to raise enough money at the annual spaghetti dinner to continue that trend.

“Typically the money can run from $250 to $1,000, just depending on how many (applicants) we have and how many have qualified for it,” Camanche committee member Gail Clements said. “Even if it’s a small scholarship it will at least buy their books. With the cost of college, anything at this point helps.”

Camanche School District Superintendent Tom Parker agrees that any little bit helps students fulfill their dreams of a college education, and said that having such commitment from a local organization to make those scholarships available is an amazing to see.

“I think it just speaks well of the community that would take their time to volunteer to these events and then in turn make those scholarships available to our students,” Parker said. “It speaks to the community support of kids that are looking to continue their education in college.”

Clements and many others have volunteered their time to the spaghetti supper for many years.

Friday’s spaghetti supper is expected to be well attended and Clements says there is good reason for that.

“It’s a really fun time and it’s for a very, very good cause,” Clements said. “And it’s very good spaghetti if I do say so myself.”

Cost for the annual meal consisting of all-you-can-eat spaghetti, garlic bread, coleslaw, a drink and dessert is $5 for adults, $4 for students and $3 for children 12 and younger with all the proceeds going to the scholarship fund.

Applications for the scholarship can be obtained from Camanche High School guidance counselor Danielle Sampson and must be turned in by March.

Clements and other volunteers will sort through all the applications and select those candidates who best fit the requirements of the scholarship and will announce the winners at the end-of-the-year senior awards banquet.