Spaghetti dinner raises thousands

Money raises helps families of fallen officers, fire­fighters

SAN ANTONIO - From the frantic fingers of dozens of cooks to the twirling forks of dozens of spaghetti lovers, this year's annual 100 Club spaghetti dinner fundraiser was a huge success.

"Last year we did 4,200 plates. This year we did about 4,500," 100 Club President Richard Miller said.

This event is the main fundraiser for the 100 Club. The money goes to help the families of fallen officers and firefighters with funeral arrangements, and to help the children of those officers and firefighters pay for college.

Sgt. Yvonne Vann knows first hand. She lost her husband in the line of duty on May 28, 2011.

"They were just so full of love and support for us that it really just touched our hearts. We always wanted to give something back. The fact that the 100 Club is here and all of these people are here they're still giving to us, it's just so heartfelt and so overwhelming and some times it's really emotional," Vann said.

Juanita Garza's husband Francisco Garza was killed on Memorial Day in 1999.

Her daughter was recently able to go to college thanks to donations from the 100 Club.

"It's really going to help her. When they're starting their life as an adult, the funds will be there to continue that. College is paid for and this will just help her with necessities to move on," Garza said.

Organizers said this is the 15th annual spaghetti fundraiser and they've raised more money this year than ever before.


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