Rotary event benefits CRHS student groups

by Peter Bodley
Managing Editor

The Coon Rapids Rotary Club again hosted a spaghetti feed at Coon Rapids High School to tie in with the school’s parent-teacher conferences.

Gretchen Sherman of the Coon Rapids Rotary Club puts a tray of breadstick into a container ready for serving.

The annual event, which took place Jan. 18, drew some 400 people.

“It went pretty well,” said Dave McCauley, Coon Rapids Rotary Club event chairperson.

But the number of people attending was a little bit down from prior years, possibly because of the cold and snow the evening of Jan. 18, he said.

There was a change from prior years’ spaghetti feeds hosted by the Rotary club the night of parent-teacher conferences.

According to McCauley, in past years, participating student organizations, which receive the proceeds from the event, have sold tickets.

“But we recognized that students are very busy during the school year and did not like to sell tickets,” McCauley said.

Instead, the 2012 spaghetti feed was free with people attending asked to provide a freewill offering.

Many more students came to the spaghetti feed than in prior years, McCauley said.

“We appreciated that,” he said.

Members of the school golf team worked the dinner by helping to serve the meals in the school cafeteria.

In addition, the cheerleaders provided entertainment for people attending the event.

“That was quite nice,” McCauley said.

McCauley estimated that some $2,000 was raised through the freewill offerings, not as much as was hoped, he said.

That money will be distributed to the participating student organizations, of which there were 13, McCauley said.

According to McCauley, the Rotary club is likely to continue the spaghetti feed in a similar format next year, but with some tweaking in an effort to bring in more money.

Donations made by event sponsors, which included Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Harvest Grill and Sysco Foods, plus the “help and generosity of our Rotarians” meant that all the proceeds from the spaghetti feed could be turned over to school activities, McCauley said.

The Coon Rapids Rotary Club is a local service organization that meets at noon on Mondays in the Harvest Grill Restaurant at the new Bunker Hills Golf Course Clubhouse.

The group’s focus is to support local organizations through its fund-raising efforts and community volunteering.

To learn more about the club, go to its website at

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]