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LJWC spaghetti supper raises money for Veteran Appreciation Dinner

Above: “Mama Rosalie” Putignano spends days in the kitchen preparing for the annual spaghetti dinner. Her homemade spaghetti sauce makes the event both authentic and fun. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (January 26, 2020) – On Friday evening, January 24, the Lansing Junior Woman’s Club hosted their annual spaghetti supper at First United Methodist Church (18420 Burnham Avenue). At $10 per ticket, the spaghetti supper is a fundraiser for the Veteran Appreciation Dinner that LJWC organizes each year.

Members of the Lansing Junior Women’s Club prepare salads, garlic bread, and desserts to go with each spaghetti dinner. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The Veteran Appreciation Dinner has grown each year, and the 2019 event hosted nearly 300 veterans and guests for an evening that included an abundant meal, entertainment, presentations by elected officials, and tables full of raffle prizes. (See LJWC hosts 10th annual Veteran Appreciation Dinner, May 2019 article.)

Village Trustee Maureen Grady-Perovich is an advocate for veterans. She attended this year’s LJWC spaghetti dinner and was a speaker at last year’s Veteran Appreciation Dinner. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The Lansing Lions Club presented a donation to the Lansing Junior Woman’s Club in support of the 2020 veterans dinner. President Jocelyn Farris (front row center) and Vice President Gloria Chavez-Gomez (in pink) accepted the giant check on behalf of LJWC. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Still smiling toward the end of the evening, members of the Lansing Junior Woman’s Club stopped cooking, serving, and cleaning up in order to gather for a photo. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The Lansing Junior Woman’s Club describes themselves as “a group of dedicated ladies who want to make a difference in their community!” New members are welcome. More information is available by contacting the group or visiting their website:

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.