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Lasagna dinner funds scholarships

Posted: March 1, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: March 1, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Evie Leslie examines the various raffle baskets at dinner.

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It is among the longest running — and tastiest —  charity events in the Santa Clarita Valley and it has raised more than $100,000 for the Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation.

The 45th annual Xi Nu Zeta Lasagna Dinner, held Feb. 25 in the Parish Hall at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, again attracted a sold-out crowd of nearly 200 guests.

The sorority, a chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, has only 22 members, but has proved to be a powerhouse in raising funds for the SCV Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to graduating seniors in the SCV.

“We are very proud of the amount of money we’ve raised with this tiny group of ladies,” said member Dani Rueff. “We get wonderful letters from the scholarship recipients, and it really makes it worthwhile.”

Guests to the lasagna dinner were treated to large slabs of lasagna, salad, garlic bread and dessert, but also to the music of the Canyon High School Madrigals under the direction of  Canyon High Choir Director Mary Purdy.

The Xi Nu Zeta Lasagna Dinner committee included Vivian Wightman, Barbara Molinar, Roberta Zaharris and Dani Rueff.

Laurie Jones, president of Xi Nu Zeta, said the lasagna was made with
“lots of love.”

The women of the sorority started cooking for the dinner in the morning.

“There’s lots of love in these pans. I’ve been the meat browner and sauce maker ever since I started with sorority,” she said.

Sally Coss, in charge of boiling the pasta, said she has been working the Lasagna Dinner since 1971.

“People look forward to this event because the food is all homemade, and it’s a good gathering of people who attend,” Coss said. “It’s also for a good cause.”

Gerry Morey, who is celebrating her 50th year in the sorority, said the event began as spaghetti feed.
“We switched to lasagna because it was less work,” she said.

This year’s dinner featured elaborately themed raffle baskets, worth hundreds of dollars, said member Evie Leslie.

Basket donors included Dr. Kim DDS, Dr. Yusuf, Classic Designs Jewelry, Elkins Ranch Golf Course, Vons, Ralph’s, Pools by Ben Inc., R&R Photography, Cathy’s Deli, Maria’s Deli, Lily’s Cafe, Final Score, Egg Plantation, Hairitage Studio, Smart & Final, Discount Gourmet Liquor, Minnie Max Cleaners, Carol & Larry’s Beauty Salon, Nail Forum, Senna Cosmetics and Makeup Studio, Le Chene French Cuisine and Steve’s Florist.

“We appreciate everyone who donated,” said Leslie.

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