Dinner garners over $12K for VFDs

In recognition after Butler fire

April 7, 2021 Cranberry Local News


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Among the baskets and items raffled at a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday were a cookie jar and cookies from a local bakery.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser March 27 raised more than $12,000 to benefit the 12 fire departments that responded to the Jan. 30 Sir Speedy blaze on South Main Street in Butler.

Among the baskets and items raffled at a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday was an Easter-themed basket.

The fire left the building, at 229 S. Main St., heavily damaged, and resulted in smoke and water damage to neighboring businesses such as Edward Jones Investments, Reclamation Brewing and Miller's Shoes. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined.

Don and Sherrie Paul organized the fundraiser Saturday at The Venue on Main.

Sherrie Paul said each $10 ticket bought a pasta dinner, for which ingredients plus dessert were donated by a number of businesses throughout the county.

Seven large items, including $500 gift certificates from two firearms shops and a two-night stay at a local bed and breakfast, were raffled.

Among the baskets and items raffled at a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday were a Harley-Davidson steam punk lamp. The fundraiser benefited the fire departments that responded to the fire on Main Street on Jan. 30 that damaged three businesses.

In addition, 51 raffle baskets were available, including a Harley-Davidson steam punk lamp, a $100 bill donated anonymously and a scratch-off ticket tree.

All raffle items and baskets also were donated, Paul said.

A 50/50 raffle was held, and a surprise drawing for lunch from three local eateries was held for three of the 12 responding fire departments.

The departments that responded were Butler City, Butler Township, Butler VA, Callery, Slippery Rock, Chicora, East Butler, Adams, Saxonburg, Unionville, Penn Township and Herman.

Paul said the VA, Unionville and Callery volunteer fire departments won the lunch drawings.

A post on The Venue on Main's Facebook page announced that $12,380 was raised and will be divided among the 12 departments.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.