Andy Cagnetta started with a simple idea to invite his friends and family to the LifeNet4Families center to share what great things they were doing for the community. His goal, to raise a little bit of money and have a nice dinner, turned into 15 years of bringing families together for a great cause, supporting LifeNet4Families. Throughout the years Andy’s Annual Pasta Dinner has stayed true to its beginnings. Our fun, casual, family event is also unique in the sense that it focuses on incorporating activities for the kids, while also helping teach them the importance of giving back.
From this concept came the Junior Chef program. We involve our schools and ask children to participate in the fundraising aspect of the event. They are then recognized for their accomplishments and leadership by attending the event and coming on stage to receive their personalized chef hats. The program has become one of the most popular aspects of the event, and one we are focused on growing in years to come.
Bringing awareness to the LifeNet4Familes mission, while at the same time bringing families together has exceeded our expectations of where Andy’s Annual Pasta Dinner could become, and gets us excited as we are looking to reach our million meals mark in 2017. Join us. It takes a village!