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Lasagna fundraiser

Annual event raises money for scholarships

Posted: March 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Sally Coss, right, cooks noodles as Liz Joswick, left and Laurie Jones prepare meet sauce to feed 200 at the Xi Nu Zeta Lasagna dinner. (Dan Watson/ The Signal)

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The 46th annual Xi Nu Zeta Lasagna Dinner attracted a sold out crowd of 200 guests on Feb. 23 to feast on homemade lasagna for charity.

The ladies of the Xi Nu Zeta chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority were up early to boil noodles, brown ground beef and assemble 10 huge pans of lasagna.

In addition, the 20 members of the group decorated the hall and stocked the bar and made ready for the raffle.

“We’ve been doing this for more than 40 years,” said Sally Coss. “It’s the same recipe that’s been handed down.”

The event benefits the Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation.

Dinner committee members included Sally Coss, Mary Lynne Fry, Laurie Jones, Barbara Molinar, Danielle Rueff and Vivian Wightman.

Chapter president Evie Leslie said the group donated $5,000 to the SCV Scholarship Foundation.

“We work really hard on this every year,” she said. “We’re thrilled to be able to contribute to scholarships for SCV students.”

Other members of the group include Roxane Chenault, Jeanne Donson, Barbara Dyck, Susie Hilton, Judy Kascoutas, Jean Kost, Chrissie MacLeod, Darlene McLeish, Gerry Morey, Alana Quinn, Kathy Rakness, Shirley Schneller and Roberta Zaharris.

The dinner included lasagna, salad, garlic bread and homemade desserts.

The Sound Vibrations show choir from William S. Hart High School, under the direction of Gail Hart, provided entertainment for the dinner.

A raffle for door prizes and a variety of baskets was also held.

Last year, in addition to money donated for scholarships the group gave a $1,500 donation to the College of the Canyons Culinary Institute.

“They are going to feature our lasagna recipe in their cookbook,” said Vivian Wightman.

Mary Lynn Fry has been charge of making the salad to feed the 200 attendees for the past four years.

“I put salami, marinated artichoke hearts, mushrooms, olives, grape tomatoes, garbanzo beans and I make my own Italian dressing for the salad,” she said.

In addition, the salad requires 48 pounds of lettuce.

“All the salad will be gone by the end of the night, too,” Fry said.

Fry said she is well known in the sorority for making salads so she inherited the salad making job for the lasagna dinner.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation visit



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