Our Lady of Pompei Pastor Daniel Caruso is thrilled that the 72nd annual spaghetti dinner is happening because it's a way to bring the community together and set differences aside on election day.(c) 2021 Adam Pankowski

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Syracuse Church Holds 72nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Election Day

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Rev. Daniel Caruso: Over a plate of pasta, even two sworn enemies can find something in common.

Reporter (Adam Pankowski): Pastor of Our Lady of Pompei church Daniel Caruso has been involved in the spaghetti dinner fundraiser for 11 years.

The church has provided this meal annually for 72 years but for the second straight year it will be curbside pickup.

This hasn’t changed a thing though as Caruso says bringing people together from all different backgrounds has and always will be the ultimate goal.

Rev. Daniel Caruso: We just work together to bring people together.

Reporter (Adam Pankowski): The church doesn’t have the normal volunteer staff due to ongoing pandemic related issues but everyone has picked up the slack. Some of the volunteers have even worked weekend double shifts to prepare.

While the volunteers pack up meals today, even the election candidates will stop by to chat with the public and put their pitchforks down on election day.

Not only does this event bring together candidates such as Syracuse incumbent mayor Ben Walsh and Khalid Bey with the people of Syracuse, but this is also the biggest fundraiser for this local church… and what brings everyone together… the pasta.

The church sold out over one-thousand meals last year and has two thousand meals prepared for pickup this year.

The staff told me that they made over 25-thousand meatballs…20gallons of sauce… And thousands of pounds of pasta.

Caruso says in a world divided coming together for this meal can show everyone how to put aside their differences.

Rev. Daniel Caruso: Just to remind people, we, by nature have our differences and we don’t always agree, but we can get along.

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Syracuse, N.Y. (DiA) – Our Lady of Pompei is running its annual spaghetti dinner on election day today. The church has provided this meal annually for 72 years but for the second straight year it will be curbside pickup. Although, this year, the church has added an outdoor dining section for anyone who would like to sit down and eat right at the church. On a normal year, the church will have a curbside pickup option as well as indoor seating for all customers in their downstairs cafeteria. Last year, the church sold out of their 1,000 meal limit, so for this year, they have 2,000 meals made and it was done with a short-handed staff. Due to ongoing pandemic related issues, the volunteers present have picked up the slack. Some of the volunteers have even worked weekend double shifts to prepare for this big fundraiser. The staff said it made over 25,000 meatballs, 20 gallons of sauce, and thousands of pounds of pasta.

“We just work together to bring people together … to remind people, we, by nature have our differences and we don’t always agree, but we can get along,” Church Pastor the Rev. Daniel Caruso said.

The goal for this event has never changed and that is bringing people from different backgrounds, cultures, lives and beliefs together to enjoy a hot meal and get away from the election day stresses. The church wants this to be an example on a local scale of what the country can do to help cure the divides that are happening in our world today. Caruso said  pasta can cure all differences and disagreements.

At around noon today, candidates such as Syracuse incumbent Mayor Ben Walsh and Democratic candidate Khalid Bey arrived at the church to mingle with the people of Syracuse, drop their “political pitchforks” and enjoy stress-free moments on their hectic election day agendas.

Many customers will come and go with their meals tonight. Some will pickup the single dish for $10, the half tray for $50 that can feed 6 people, and others will pickup the family tray for $100 that can feed up to 15 people, but all will be contributing toward the church’s biggest fundraiser of this year and every year.

The event will go on until 6 p.m.

 

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