Fresh Life Out­reach hosts sec­ond Spaghetti Din­ner Ben­e­fit for Ham­burg mu­sic teacher

The Hamburg Area Item - - Religion - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@ 21st cen­tu­ry­media.com @ham­bur­gitem on Twit­ter

Fresh Life Out­reach hosts its sec­ond Spaghetti Din­ner Ben­e­fit for Ham­burg Area High School mu­sic teacher Chris­tine Ryan from 5 to 8 p. m. on Sept. 19 at Ham­burg High School cafe­te­ria.

Ash­ley Clay from Fresh Life Out­reach, an ex­treme sports out­reach that hosts free events ev­ery other Satur­day at the Shoe­mak­ersville Skate Park, is or­ga­niz­ing the spaghetti din­ner. All pro­ceeds go to Ryan to help ease the ex­penses of an elon­gated re­cov­ery from surgery.

“Our goal is to make a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence in this world to any and all who want to come out. We are a fam­ily of peo­ple, where ev­ery­one con­trib­utes in their own way,” said Clay about Fresh Life Out­reach.

A stu­dent of Ryan’s, who reg­u­larly at­tended Fresh Life Out­reach events, ap­proached the Out­reach in hopes that they could help raise money for Ryan and her fam­ily.

“The stu­dent wasn’t too fond of school, but Dr. Ryan helped show him a love for mu­sic that he will never for­get. For her to make such an im­pact on his life, we couldn’t pass up the op­por­tu­nity to help him show his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for all that she had done for him. That is how the first ben­e­fit din­ner came about,” said Clay.

At the ben­e­fit din­ner last year, mu­si­cal per­for­mances were put to­gether by Ryan’s stu­dents. The stu­dents signed up to help in the kitchen and do­nated baked goods, as well.

“Some stu­dents that didn’t even sign up, with the in­ten­tions of only at­tend­ing the din­ner to eat with their fam­i­lies, saw the need for help due to an un­ex­pected turnout, and jumped right in to vol­un­teer,” said Clay.

Also, teach­ers helped with the sign ups and vol­un­teered at the din­ner. The lunch­room staff do­nated hours.

“They were able to keep the line mov­ing even though we weren’t pre­pared for the amount of peo­ple at­tend­ing the din­ner.”

Clay said tick­ets pur­chased prior to the din­ner to­taled ap­prox­i­mately 200. With walk- ins they only ex­pected around 300 peo­ple. There were more than 600 tick­ets by the end of the night.

“This year, I am work­ing hand- in- hand with the staff and stu­dents at Ham­burg School District in hopes we will have an­other suc­cess­ful din­ner along with mu­si­cal per­for­mances,” said Clay. “The fac­ulty and stu­dents at Ham­burg School District have been very sup­port­ive and help­ful through­out both ben­e­fit din­ners.”

The event will include a baked goods sale and Chi­nese auc­tion. Menu in­cludes all- you- can- eat spaghetti of choice of meat­balls or sausage, salad, bread, and drink, as well as to go pack­ages.

Through or­ga­niz­ing the din­ners, Clay was able to talk and meet with an in­cred­i­ble num­ber of peo­ple who know Ryan.

“It’s amaz­ing how much one per­son can im­pact the lives of so many,” she said. “Chris­tine, Christy, Mrs. Ryan, Dr. Ryan; no mat­ter how they met or re­ferred to her as, the re­sult was al­ways the same; they spoke of the time she some­how stamped their lives in a pos­i­tive way.”

Those who know her were more than will­ing to con­trib­ute and help and those who didn’t know her do­nated be­cause they saw there was a need, said Clay.

“To see the com­mu­nity come to­gether the way they did was quite an ex­pe­ri­ence which we hope to see again this year,” she said. “In do­ing th­ese events, I hope Christy Ryan knows how much of an im­pact she truly has had on her fam­ily, stu­dents, co­work­ers, con­gre­ga­tion, and the whole com­mu­nity in gen­eral. This is our chance to give back to a woman who has given us her all.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ash­ley Clay at 610914- 1336.

SUBMITTED PHOTO

Ban­ner cre­ated for Chris­tine Ryan. Those who at­tended last year’s ben­e­fit din­ner had the chance to sign it.

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