SOUTHWICK – The Southwick Police Association and the National Honor Society at the Southwick Regional School are co-sponsoring the 7th Annual Pasta Dinner at the Southwick Congregational Church on April 6 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church.
This is open to the community with the proceeds going back to both the Southwick Police Association and the National Honors Society. Tickets can be bought at the door and cost $10 for adults and $7 for children and seniors.
According to Dave Massai, President of the Southwick Police Association, their half of the proceeds go back into their general fund which is typically used to award scholarships to students at the Southwick Regional School as well as allowing the police to give back to a family in need.
For the National Honor Society, they use the proceeds from the pasta dinner every year for their annual holiday toy drive and awarding scholarships to a senior at the Southwick Regional School.
The relationship between the police association and the National Honor Society has grown over the past six years of this event.
“It’s not just a fundraiser, it’s a community relations builder,” said Massai.
Despite that the police can sometimes be put in a bad light, Massai said that this event has been a positive experience for both the police and the students.
“More and more police are looked upon in a negative light,” said Massai. “There are a good group of guys out there.”
Maryanne Margiotta, the Career Facilitator at the Southwick Regional School, is the liaison for the National Honor Society and has enjoyed how the police has taken part in this fundraiser. Margiotta also mentioned that the students help serve food at the event and take people’s tickets at the door.
“They’ve been wonderful for us,” said Margiotta. “It’s just a great way for students to help out a community.”
If anyone is interested in attending the 7th Annual Pasta Dinner at the First Congregational Church, you can buy tickets ahead of time by contacting Massai through email at [email protected]. People can also buy tickets at the door on the day of the event.