Fundraiser draws a crowd, support for fire victims

Jan 20, 2014
Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell Volunteers serve up heaping plates of spaghetti and sauce at Pioneer Grange in Union during a fundraiser for the Pizzillo family.

Union — A fundraiser Jan. 18, for the Pizzillo family of Union saw more than 60 people walk through the doors in the first hour.

The spaghetti dinner was organized by Wendy Pizzillo's brother Guy Barter, who said "support has been non-stop. ... My sister and her family really appreciate it, thank you."

The Pizzillo family — Wendy and George as well as four sons between the ages of 11 and 25 — lost their Davis Road home to a fire Dec. 23 and have been staying at a rented home in Owls Head.

The cause of the fire remains unknown, according to State Fire Marshal Ken Grimes.

Many entering Pioneer Grange for the dinner chose to pay more than the $8 donation; some dropped off a monetary or clothing donation and skipped dinner.

There was also a live auction run by Brooder House auctioneer Linda Payson. She opened the auction by reminding bidders why they turned out and said "let your heart be your guide" when bidding.

A fund has been set up at The First for donations for the family. Donations may be made at any branch by noting "Pizzillo Fire Fund."

It didn't take long for the tables to fill during a fundraiser Jan. 18 for the Pizzillo family, who lost their home to a fire in December. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Donations of auction items line the Pioneer Grange walls Jan. 18 prior to a fundraiser for the Pizzillo family. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Salads await those attending a fundraiser for the Pizzillo family Jan. 18. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Guy Barter, brother of Wendy Pizzillo and organizer of the fundraiser, thanks everyone for the continued support of the family, who lost their home in a Dec. 23 fire. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Bidders raise their paddles during an auction of donated items to benefit the Pizzillo family. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
(Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
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Stephanie has served as editor of Camden Herald since its return in April 2012.

Previously, she was editor of VillageSoup's Capital Weekly in Augusta and has worked a number of years in the newspaper business from southern Maine to Waldo County.

Outside the office, she enjoys reading, cooking and gardening.

Stephanie lives in Washington with her husband Jeff, four children, a dog named Chewbacca, a rabbit and two chickens.

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