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Pasta with a Purpose: IFC holds spaghetti dinner for a good cause

By Katelyn Hibbard in News

March 8, 2012

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The Intrafraternity Council (IFC) ‘went for the second round’ Wednesday by hosting a spaghetti dinner for Lock Haven University and the surrounding community in honor of Carly Shoemaker, a four year old being treated at Geisinger for Rett syndrome.

Five fraternities collaborated with Aramark, who catered the event, to get the dinner put together in a short amount of time, Norton said. They booked Roger’s Gymnasium and made a promise to sell a minimum of 30 tickets per fraternity within three weeks. Each group reached their goal and Walsh hopes to make between $500 and $700 for the family.

The first dinner in honor of the Shoemakers was held in Mill Hall by faculty and staff, IFC advisor Wendy Walsh said.

“We decided to go for a second round,” Travis Norton, president of the IFC added.

Corey Salamido, a member of Kappa Delta Rho and a senior majoring in business marketing, said the fraternities chose to put a dinner together on campus for its appeal and accessibility.

“It’s the best way to make money by attracting a lot of people,” he said.

“I think [the dinner’s] really effective mainly because it was easy for students to show up and give support,” Alyssa Turner, a sophomore English major, said. “And there were a lot of people giving extra donations,” she added.

According to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation’s website, Rett syndrome is a unique developmental disorder caused by mutations on the X chromosome. Rett syndrome “causes problems in brain function that are responsible for cognitive, sensory, emotional, motor and autonomic function,” according to the website. Rett syndrome can cause problems with functions such as speech, movement and breathing.

“I was lucky enough to meet the relatives of Carly and found out that my boyfriend works with one of them,” Turner said. “So I was happy to, by happenstance, be helping the family of someone I have a connection with.”

The contributing fraternities were Alpha Chi Rho, Alpha Sigma Pi, Kappa Delta Rho, Phi Mu Delta, and Pi Lambda Phi.

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