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Eat Rigatoni, Support Fire Station #10 In YLP

Front of fire hydrant

Hydrant Artwork by Connie Brannon

COARSEGOLD – For 14 years, the Ladies of the Lakes Women’s Club in Yosemite Lakes Park has hosted a dinner to raise funds for their local firefighters at Madera County Fire Department Station 10.

This year’s Rigatoni Dinner will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the YLP Clubhouse, and as always, all profit from this event goes to YLP Station #10. You can dine in the Clubhouse or get dinner to-go via the “Drive-Thru Take Out” option. Dine-in and Take-out meals include a big plate of rigatoni with a time-tested meat sauce (vegetarian also available), salad, garlic bread, ice tea, lemonade and cake. Take-out meals do not include drinks.

Cost is $10 for adults and kids 5-12 pay just $5. Kids under 5 are free. Larger donations will be accepted if you feel inspired! Sorry, no debit or credit cards accepted.

Donated fire hydrant

Phil starts work on the fire hydrant

D.J. Albert will be on hand for entertainment, and guests can look for an opportunity to participate in a raffle, and one unique item will be part of a live auction.

For this year’s event, Sandy Johnson’s son donated an shabby chic, yellow, rusted fire hydrant from the Long Beach Pier.

“My friend Phil Stultz and I spent a couple of days wire brushing and sanding and readying it for paint,” explains Kathy Kunz, Dinner Chairwoman this year.

“We gave it a couple of coats of red paint, and a couple of clear coats, and then it was ready for Connie Brannon to do the art work.”

Because it’s a large fire hydrant, the artists decided to paint two sides: a Dalmatian on one and Sparky the Fire House mascot on the other.

Back of fire hydrant

Sparky on the back

“Phil and I made and painted the wood valve covers and Phil used bolts to secure them to the hydrant,” Kathy says. “It was a lot of work, but we had fun, and it’s for a good cause!”

Bring the whole family on Tuesday, Sept. 22, and enjoy a great community event, while supporting the people who respond when you call for help!

Ladies of the Lakes Women’s Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, “Enhancing the Quality of life in Yosemite Lakes Park since 1977.”

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