The Punxsutawney Spirit

Tom Siple Foundation holding annual spaghetti dinner

- By Larry McGuire

PUNXSUTAWN­EY — The Tom Siple Foundation is holding its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser Saturday at the Punxsutawn­ey Christian Missionary Alliance Church.

Ron Robinson, president of the Tom Siple Foundation, said the organizati­on has been active around for 13 years.

“It was named for Tom Siple. Everyone knew Duane Siple, who suffered from Amyotrophi­c Lateral Sclerosis (ALS); that was his son.

Robinson said they are a foundation that loves to help those who are not able to hunt on their own anymore.

“Tom lived by Pastor Paul Thompson of the Cloe United Methodist Church, and Mark Hildebrand, and they started the foundation. Duane wanted to go hunting, and Tom wanted to help him achieve his dream,” Robinson said, adding that Duane found a machine online to aid in holding the gun.

Robinson said after they got the machine, Tom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and died two months later. He was never able to take Duane on his hunt.

“Tom was a hunter, and he had a handlebar mustache, which is why that’s in our logo,” Robinson said. “Mark and Paul said they were going to take him out with the help.”

He said they decided that they could do it for more people, not just Duane.

You can support the Tom Siple Foundation Saturday, May 7, at the Punxsutawn­ey Christian Missionary Alliance Church on Route 436.

There will be an auction of various items. Tickets are available at the door.

There are also auction items for the kids this year also, so families are invited to come out and enjoy the evening. If you don’t want a dinner, you can still come for the auction, no ticket required, starting around 6:30 or 7 p.m..

They will be having a basket raffle, special chance raffles and something new for the young ones. They are now accepting credit cards.

 ?? ?? Pictured are the results of some successful hunts the Tom Siple Foundation has assisted with in the past. The foundation helps organize hunts for prospectiv­e hunters with circumstan­ces that make it difficult for them to do so on their own.
Pictured are the results of some successful hunts the Tom Siple Foundation has assisted with in the past. The foundation helps organize hunts for prospectiv­e hunters with circumstan­ces that make it difficult for them to do so on their own.
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