Governor Baldacci to host Spaghetti Supper for Lewiston fire relief fund

BY RAMONA DU HOUX

June 6th, 2013 

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Gov. John Baldacci serves up spaghetti at a supper he hosted in 2009 for same sex marriage. Proceeds went to charities for the homeless. On June 12th at the Lewiston High School Gov. Baldacci will host a spaghetti supper for the Lewiston Fire Relief Fund. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Governor John Baldacci is hosting a spaghetti supper at the Lewiston High School, June 12th from 4:30 pm to 7pm for the Lewiston Fire Relief Fund.

Devastating fires on April 29, May 3 and May 6 in downtown Lewiston displaced nearly 200 people and destroyed nine apartment buildings.

“It’s horrific to see a community suffer like Lewiston has,” said Governor John Baldacci. “In Maine neighbors help neighbors, it’s what we do. It’s in our DNA. The supper is our way of saying we are all in this together. We’re all here to help.”

Donations of $5 are suggested but contributions of all sizes will be welcomed and all the money raised will go to the United Way of Androscoggin County Lewiston relief effort.

Attendees can expect the Baldacci’s homemade secret spaghetti sauce accompanied with salad and desserts.

“We do what we can do with the tools we have to try to improve the lives of others. There’s nothing like good food to bring a community together,” said Baldacci. “I have no doubt that Lewiston will rebound with community strength.”

For years the Baldacci family ran an Italian restaurant in Bangor. Momma Baldacci’s became a meeting place known for its food, conversation, and community atmosphere. To highlight and help issues in the community and around the sate the Baldacci’s started charity spaghetti dinners.

When John Baldacci ran for office he started to hold spaghetti suppers around the state, and all proceeds went to help a local charity. Throughout his years in congress and as governor he continued to hold the dinners to communities and causes in need. His last charity spaghetti supper was for the civil same-sex marriage campaign.

The spaghetti supper will be held at 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Lewiston High School, 156 East Ave, Lewiston, ME 04240.

The United Way of Androscoggin County is the organization that is coordinating the relief effort, and is also the sponsor of the dinner.