Heartsong Animal Rescue workers are hoping residents slurp spaghetti noodles at a fundraiser to help animal-rescue efforts and a Martinez family.
The Martinez-based animal rescue organization is holding its second annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mario's in the Evans Towne Centre shopping center on Washington Road near Publix.
More than 250 tickets were sold for the first spaghetti dinner in the spring, Heartsong co-founder Erik Emmons said.
"It was a huge success," he said. "We're looking to do the same thing again to help out because in this economy, unfortunately, we don't get as much financial assistance for nonprofits as we'd like to."
Tickets cost $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-10. Children younger than 3 eat free. The meal includes spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread and a drink. Meals are available for dine-in or carry-out. Desserts provided by Mario's will be available for purchase.
Proceeds benefit Heartsong and Augusta Animal Rescue Friends in Augusta.
"It all goes back to the animals," Emmons said.
He said Heartsong often works with Animal Rescue Friends on foster homes and adoptions for animals, and events.
"We do partner up for quite a few things," Emmons said. "We really want the rescues to work together as much as possible."
Some proceeds will be donated to the family of Joey Stringfield, who is recovering from injuries suffered in a wreck nearly two months ago. Donations will go toward living expenses for his wife and young daughter and toward treatment costs, Emmons said.
Heartsong co-founder and Emmons' wife, Loretta, said some people already have been generous with contributions to help Stringfield.
A donation jar is set up at Heartsong Spay-Neuter Clinic at 104 S. Belair Road in Martinez.
"It has just been amazing that people have stepped up to help," she said.
Advance tickets are available at the Heartsong clinic and Mario's. Tickets also will be available at the door.
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