Spaghetti dinner fund-raiser for new senior bus is a success

The City of Taylor, the Department of Senior Services and the many seniors who are regular participants in activities through the William Ford Senior Activity Center say "thank you" to the members of the community, elected officials and city employees that attended the November 16 spaghetti dinner fund-raiser at the Ford Center.

The event raised $1,175 toward the purchase of a new bus for the center, bringing the bus fund total to $14,730. A total of 142 dinner tickets were sold and a good time was reportedly had by all.

Special thanks to: Dianna Trent who made an individual cash donation; Pat Dadabbo, who donated two framed watercolor prints; Charley Johnson, who donated three $25 gift cards for Keefer's Blue Line Saloon; and the folks at The Commons in The Villages of Taylor, who donated stuffed animals for the raffle.

Once again, Texas Roadhouse donated the dinner rolls, McDonald's donated the orange drink, Mark Silka of Sysco Foods donated the salad and dressings and Barb Katorski donated the spaghetti sauce. Volunteers Shirley Yanoski, Regina Malina, Arlene Mohr, Pat Dadabbo and Barb Katorski worked the event with the staff of the Ford Senior Center, who donated their time as well.

The city has a large and active senior population. Many seniors shop locally for goods and services using the center's bus as their only means of transportation. The current 25-passenger bus owned by the city is more than 11 years old and has well over 100,000 miles on the odometer. It has no radio and has heating and cooling problems.

Earlier this year, the Department of Senior Services launched a series of fund-raising efforts to purchase a new bus for senior transportation. The center already held a raffle for a military-theme quilt, stain glass art pieces and an oil painting. The center is selling memorial brick pavers and McDonald’s restaurant value books. A previous spaghetti dinner attracted 250 people.

Although the center receives financial assistance for certain programs, the cost of upgrading the current bus is not a covered expense. Donations from the community will enable the Senior Services Department to purchase a new bus and continue providing Taylor’s seniors with much-needed transportation.

A new bus would increase the seating capacity to 30 and enable more seniors to take advantage of trips offered by the department.

The Ford Center is located at 6750 Troy, west of Telegraph Road and north of Ecorse Road. For more information about the senior programs or to make a donation to the bus fund, call the Senior Services Department at (313) 291-7740.

Spaghetti lovers of all ages enjoyed the spaghetti dinner fund-raiser held November 16, 2007, at the William D. Ford Senior Activity Center in Taylor.

Senior Center staffers Lori Runkle (left) and Susan Riddle conduct the raffle at the spaghetti dinner held November 16 to raise money for a senior bus.

Volunteer Barbara Kotarski takes a breather after cooking spaghetti for the event.

Elected officials and seniors enjoy the evening.

Arlene Mohr shows her surprise at winning a gift certificate to Keefer's Blue Line Saloon.