Fundraiser draws a crowd, support for fire victims
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."
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Stephanie is editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. She previously served as editor of Camden Herald following its return in April 2012.
Stephanie also was editor of VillageSoup's Capital Weekly in Augusta and has nearly a decade of experience in the newspaper business ranging from southern and central 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 chickens.