Second annual Pasta Dinner to benefit Dearborn Animal Shelter

Photo courtesy of Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter. Pat D’Ambrosio holds Little Miss Muffet, an adoptable dog from the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

Photo courtesy of Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter. Pat D’Ambrosio holds Little Miss Muffet, an adoptable dog from the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

DEARBORN — The second annual Pat’s Pawsitively Pasta Dinner returns from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 Park Place, 23400 Park St.

The public is invited to attend and participate in the casual affair to help animals in the care of the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

Tickets are $30 and include pasta, salad, bread, beer, wine, soft drinks and dessert. Children under 5 years of age are free. Tickets are available at the Dearborn Animal Shelter, 2661 Greenfield Road, or online at www.DearbornAnimals.org. Navigate to the “Get Involved” tab and click on “Events.”

Dinner organizer, Pat D’Ambrosio, is a longtime supporter of the shelter and hopes that the fundraiser will continue annually on Columbus Day, which falls on Oct. 12 this year.

D’Ambrosio described his motivation for hosting the event.

“There are many people who may not realize the costs involved in caring for so many animals every day,” D’Ambrosio said. “This is one way that I can help, to bring the community together to raise funds with my ‘secret family recipe.’

The recipe D’Ambrosio referenced is a pasta sauce that has been passed down for generations in his family, enduring more than 100 years.

Attendees can enjoy a taste of the D’Ambrosio traditional meat sauce served over mostaccioli with optional meatballs or choose a marinara sauce.

Last year 200 guests attended the inaugural event and raised $6,000 to help the adoptable animals in the shelter. This year, D’Ambrosio hopes to see 300 guests and get as close to $10,000 as possible.

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