CLARK—Bruce Gluck, newly elected president of the Kiwanis Club of Clark, has announced the date of the philanthropic club’s annual spaghetti dinner. On Sunday, March 6, from noon to 4 p.m., the club will sponsor its 18th annual community-involved event at the Zion Lutheran Church at 559 Raritan Road in Clark.
“Every year we have a great crowd of community members who come out to have a spaghetti and meatballs dinner while supporting the work we do,” Gluck said. The Clark Kiwanis Club sponsors the Circle-K Club at Kean University, and the Clark youth clubs—the Key Club at Arthur L. Johnson High School, the Builders Club in Kumpf Middle School and the newly formed K-Kids Clubs at Valley Road Elementary School and Hehnly Elementary School.
For fifteen years, the ALJ Key Club has acted as servers for the afternoon dinner, while members of the Builders Club have helped for the last half dozen years. “We rely on the teens to be the runners and help organize the day,” said Jim Dougherty, immediate past Lieutenant Governor for the Kiwanis district and a past president of the Clark club. “We utilize their energy, enthusiasm and manpower to propel the project,” he continued. “We appreciate the work of adviser Sharon Mills from the high school club and adviser Elisa Neas from the middle school club who lend their help with the children and teens.”
Ticket proceeds go to local children’s charities and scholarships provided by the Clark club whose heritage traces back over 55 years. One of the early club members, Dr. Alex Kowalenko, is a mainstay of the annual event in networking with local merchants for donations and by inviting his patients to the dinner.
Immediate past president Alex McDougall has served as the committee head of the dinner for over a dozen years.
The event publishes an ad booklet of supporters from the community. To purchase an advertisement, become a dinner sponsor or buy tickets, call club member Susan Dougherty at 1-732-382-5367.
Immediate past president of the Clark Kiwanis Club Alex McDougall, left, passes the gavel to Bruce Gluck, the new president of the philanthropic club that has been in existence in Clark for over 55 years. (Photo by Susan Dougherty/Clark Kiwanis Club)
Students from Kumpf Middle School in Clark sample the spaghetti before getting ready to serve guests at the 2010 Clark Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner at Zion Lutheran Church in Clark. (Photo by Susan Dougherty/Clark Kiwanis Club)
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