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Spaghetti Dinner and Cook-off Set for Feb. 26


(L-R): ECSL President Kevin Barker, Jan Poscovsky, auction committee member, and Rod White, spaghetti dinner chairman.

(L-R): ECSL President Kevin Barker, Jan Poscovsky, auction committee member, and Rod White, spaghetti dinner chairman.

Exchange Club of Sugar Land hosts annual family friendly benefit

By Michelle Johnson

Bring the whole family to the Exchange Club of Sugar Land’s 29th Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Cook-Off, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26 at the Fluor Corporation Cafeteria, located at One Fluor Daniel Dr., Sugar Land from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The honorary chairpersons are Congress­man Pete Olsen and his wife Nancy. Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land is the event’s title sponsor.

 

Best Sauce Cook-Off

Local law enforcement agencies and fire departments will prepare their own special spaghetti sauces in competion to win this year’s cook-off trophy. Each team chooses a theme and dresses for the part. These competitors attempt to sway visitors to their booths to sample their special sauces. This year’s teams include members from Sugar Land Police Department, Sugar Land Fire Department, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Bend ISD Police, Missouri City Police Department and Fort Bend County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office. Judges for this year’s cook-off are Mike Meltser and former Houston Texans Player Seth Payne, both from Sports Radio 610.

First, second and third place trophies will be awarded to the team with the Best Sauce. Last year’s winners were Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department in first place, Fort Bend ISD Police in second and Sugar Land Police Department in third. A trophy is also awarded for Best Presentation, which was won last year by “The Elvis’s” from the Fort Bend ISD Police Department. Rest assured that this year’s event will be a fierce competition with members of law enforcement attempting to take that first place title.

More than 2,000 attended last year’s family oriented event that offers something for everyone. A chaperoned kids’ area allows parents to participate in the live and silent auctions. Entertainment for the kids will be provided by magician Robert Berry and Cookie Joe’s Dancin’ School. There will be face painting, games and free prizes, and a cake walk.

 

Auctions and Prizes

Fort Bend County Commissioner James Patterson will conduct the live auction at 7:30 p.m. Fabulous trips, dinners, a hunting adventure and a handmade quilt are just a few of the available items. The raffle offers chances to win a $5,000 shopping spree from Gallery Furniture, a $2,500 travel voucher for a trip of choice, three $500 retail gift cards and four $250 retail gift cards.

 

Fundraiser Beneficiaries

This fundraiser provides more than $100,000 annually to local nonprofit groups, including Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Fort Bend County Women’s Center, Texana Center for Autistic Children, Fort Bend Council on Substance Abuse, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels, Crime Stoppers, YMCA, DePelchin, Literacy Council of Fort Bend and The ESCAPE Family Resource Center.

Dinner will be served until 8 p.m. Individual tickets can be purchased at the door, or from an Exchange Club member for $25; children 5 to 7 years old are $5. Raffle tickets are $100. Sponsorships for the dinner are available from $1,500 to $10,000, along with a $350 Small Business Expo table.

Visit ecsl.org/spaghetti-dinner.php for sponsorship details.

Donations for the live and silent auctions can be made by emailing Brittany Reed at breed@bid4real.com or calling 281-661-1280, ext. 135.

First Place Winner 2015 for Best Sauce was the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department: (L-R) Homer Gomez, Albert Pedre, Sgt. Audrey Lopez, Gerald Wells and William Jones.

First Place Winner 2015 for Best Sauce was the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department: (L-R) Homer Gomez, Albert Pedre, Sgt. Audrey Lopez, Gerald Wells and William Jones.


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