School fundraisers set for this weekend

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Two fundraisers for St. Mary School are scheduled for the weekend -- one to benefit the school's scholarship fund and the other to help maintain the school's strong literacy program.

The 15th annual St. Mary Library Spaghetti Dinner will take place 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the school, 700 S. Third St.

Two days later, at 1 p.m. on Sept. 21, will be the third annual 4S Golf Outing at the Foxfire Golf Club, 10799 State Route 104.

Annie Ruefle, the school's librarian, organized the first spaghetti dinner to help its literacy program. It has grown more successful each year.

"The original reason we started it was because we wanted to bring an author into the school and there was no extra money in the budget," Ruefle said.

Over the years, the event has grown from about 200 people attending to more than 600, Ruefle said. It brought in $3,000 last year.

Programs the dinner helps provide include monthly lunch parties for avid readers, literary sleepovers when highly anticipated books come out and bringing in authors.

This year, money from the event will help bring Seymour Simon, the author of about 200 nonfiction books, to the school.

"We don't have to charge the students anything because all that money comes out of the spaghetti dinner," Ruefle said.

This year's cooking will be handled by volunteers and chef Steve Panico.

Ruefle said the event is held at the beginning of the year as something of an icebreaker.

"We have it at the beginning of the school year deliberately to get everybody together for the first time," Ruefle said. "It's really become something of a semi-reunion; kids who have graduated last year will be here because they haven't seen each other."

Ruefle said the literary event helps students remain active readers.

As of last week, the 4S Golf Outing was having a difficult time filling all the open spots for the event, said Bob Dolder, event organizer.

"This year has not been as good as it has been in the last two years," Dolder said. "Right now, we only have 22 foursomes and that doesn't even fill the golf course."

The golf outing raises money for the school's tuition assistance fund, which awards money to parents who cannot afford to send their children to St. Mary otherwise.

"(Parents) can receive money from this fund to help (students) receive an education," Dolder said.

There is an $80 fee to play in the outing. Half the money will go directly to the tuition fund, while the rest will be used on the event

The event includes 18 holes, use of the driving range, a cart, lunch, dinner, beverage tickets and door prizes. In addition, there are prizes for hole-in-ones on par threes. These include a car, a week-long golf trip and a set of club, among others.

Go to for a registration sheet or call Dolder at 491-7442.

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