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Hearts & Hammers fundraiser dinner packs the house in Langley

Dennis Kamera, a Hearts & Hammers board member, dishes up the spaghetti with meat sauce during the nonprofit’s annual spaghetti fest at Langley United Methodist Church.  - Ben Watanabe / The Record
Dennis Kamera, a Hearts & Hammers board member, dishes up the spaghetti with meat sauce during the nonprofit’s annual spaghetti fest at Langley United Methodist Church.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

The spaghetti was flowing and bellies went home full at the recent Hearts & Hammers benefit dinner.

More than 500 people filed down the banquet line for salad, bread and spaghetti at the Feb. 10 dinner.

Susan Anderson Tomic spent her first night assisting the group by serving guests the meatless spaghetti dish.

Kevin Lungren, a longtime supporter of Hearts & Hammers, organized two school clubs — Key Club and Builder Club — to wait tables and clean up after the dinner was over.

Jim Scullin, the organization’s president, credited the dinner’s success to the program’s longevity. In its 19th year of serving South Whidbey homes in need of repair or work, the dinner is used to rally support for the all-hands-on-deck work day on May 5, the first Saturday of May.

“Folks really look forward to it,” Scullin said.

Hearts & Hammers of South Whidbey brings together hundreds of volunteers annually to help repair and rehabilitate homes of those who are physically or financially unable to do the work alone. In the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors, homeowners receive labor and materials at no cost thanks to the contributions and support of the larger community.

 

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