SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Our Lady of Pompeii held its 68th annual Election Day Spaghetti Supper on Tuesday. The event is meant to serve as a fundraiser for the Cathedral Academy, the parish’s school, as well as to bring people together on election day. Politicians and candidates for office in Onondaga County often stop their campaigning and attend the fundraiser.
“When you walk in the doors here at Our Lady of Pompeii, it’s ‘Una Famila”. Everybody is one family. No one is running against each other. Everybody comes together and breaks bread,” Pompeii Cathedral Academy Director Lucy Paris said.
About 2,000 meals are served at the fundraiser with all profits going to the school. The Catholic school serves many immigrant children in the the Syracuse area. This year there were 6,000 meatballs and 700 pounds of pasta prepared by volunteers. Each year 50 to 100 volunteers work together to help make the event happen.
“There’s a lot of work but a lot of camaraderie and friendships that have surpassed the many years that we have all been involved,” vounteer Tino Porrino said.
The meal is all you can eat and includes spaghetti, bread, salad, dessert and a drink. There are also take out and delivery options available for those who prefer to avoid the crowds.
The presence of those who are running for office does not go unnoticed, even at an event as big as this one. Candidates for mayor stopped and spoke to the general public, one last time before the votes are counted.
“It’s almost like a bipartisan meeting. Everybody’s got a friendly face on,” said Ronald Haney, head of a roofers union.
Cathedral Academy at Pompeii is located at 923 N. McBride St., Syracuse, NY 13208 and orders can be placed by phone at (315) 422-8548.