Non­profit to hold spaghetti din­ner, silent auc­tion fundraiser

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PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville Area Time Bank, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that em­pow­ers peo­ple to con­vert their per­sonal time into pur­chas­ing power, will hold an Olde World Ital­ian Pasta Party and Silent Auc­tion on Oct. 22 at St. Peter’s Epis­co­pal Church, 121 Church St., Phoenixville.

Din­ner will be served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Kim­ber­ton Whole Foods, Weg­mans, Whole Foods Mar­ket, and Gi­ant Foods are cospon­sor­ing the event.

Spring City res­i­dent Nick Castel­lano will pre­pare the meal. He will use au­then­tic recipes for gravy and meat­balls handed down to him by his mother. These recipes orig­i­nated gen­er­a­tions ago in Roseto, Italy. Castel­lano is not a pro­fes­sional chef — rather, he is owner of Cas­tle Ben­e­fits Con­sult­ing Group — but the gravy and meat­balls are leg­endary among his friends and fam­ily.

“The sauce must cook for hours and hours,” noted Castel­lano. “Then it’s re­frig­er­ated to al­low the fla­vors to blend overnight.”

A veg­e­tar­ian sauce will also be avail­able. Salad, tra­di­tional bread­sticks, and dessert will round out the meal.

A 50/50 raf­fle and silent auc­tion will also be part of the fundrais­ing ef­fort to ben­e­fit the Time Bank with ta­ble clos­ings at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. The auc­tion will fea­ture gift cer­tifi­cates, crafts, and ser­vices from lo­cal mer­chants and ar­ti­sans.

“We’re thrilled to have Nick Castel­lano con­tribut­ing his tal­ents to this event,” said PATB Co­or­di­na­tor Margo Ketchum. “It will be a great night for the com­mu­nity and for the Time Bank!”

Tick­ets for the din­ner are $12 in ad­vance for adults, $8 in ad­vance for chil­dren, and $15 at the door. Ad­vance tick­ets may be pur­chased on­line at www.PATB-Ital­ian.Eventbrite.com or at the Com­mu­nity Eco Cen­ter, 252 Bridge St., Phoenixville. The venue is hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble with am­ple park­ing.

Founded in 2004, Phoenixville Area Time Bank’s vi­sion is to cre­ate a strong, re­spon­sive, con­nected com­mu­nity where, us­ing hours as cur­rency, ex­changes of per­sonal tal­ents can fill un­met needs. There are cur­rently about 190 mem­bers, serv­ing each other in “neigh­bor-to-neigh­bor” ex­changes, with an em­pha­sis on help­ing el­ders, con­va­les­cents, the un­em­ployed, and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. Since its found­ing, there have been ap­prox­i­mately 9,600 recorded ex­changes ac­count­ing for over 33,500 hours. Time Bank mem­bers as­sist other mem­bers in a va­ri­ety of ways in­clud­ing Span­ish con­ver­sa­tions, pet sit­ting, cook­ing meals, edit­ing, run­ning er­rands, child care, and home re­pairs. Monthly ac­tiv­ity groups and so­cials connect mem­bers as well.

New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the pasta party or join­ing the Time Bank, call Margo Ketchum at 610-608-9281 or email her at timedol­lar@ver­i­zon.net. Or, check out the PATB website at www.patb.time­banks.org.

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