Bring on the meatballs! United Way/UCF dinner is Saturday

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Tuesday’s meatball prep session sign of popular annual dinner

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times

Unionville Elementary School students prepare meatballs from this Saturday's United Way of Southern Chester County/Unionville Chadds Ford School district annual Pasta Dinner. More than a dozen students, along with administrators, teachers, food service workers, gathered Tuesday to make meatballs.

Unionville Elementary School students prepare meatballs from this Saturday’s United Way of Southern Chester County/Unionville Chadds Ford School district annual Pasta Dinner. More than a dozen students, along with administrators, teachers, food service workers, gathered Tuesday to make meatballs.

EAST MARLBOROUGH — Sure, there was enough seasoned ground meat to make thousands of meatballs and more than a dozen kids ready to make meatballs in the Unionville Elementary School cafeteria.

But it was the sight of Unionville-Chadds Ford Superintendent of Schools John Sanville in gloves, apron and maybe most unlikely for the folicly-understated school official, a hair net, that said one thing: it’s time for the annual United Way/UCFSD Family Pasta Dinner.

The dinner, which has become a community tradition and one of the top fundraisers for the United Way of Southern Chester County, takes place this Saturday at Unionville High School, from 5 to 9 p.m.

As is usual, students from the district gathered in preparation Tuesday to make some 2,000 meatballs that will be served during the course of the dinner. Decked out in protective gear, working with district food service employees, teachers, Unionville Elementary principal Clif Beaver and Sanville, the students got down to work after school, Tuesday. If the delicious smell that filled the cafeteria — an alluring combination of Italian spices — is any indication, these are going to be very popular meatballs.

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Unionville-Chadds Ford Superintendent of Schools John Sanville — hair net and all — works a meatball into shape, Tuesday, along with students from Unionville Elementary school. All told, the students made more than 2,000 meatballs for Saturday night’s dinner.

Those meatballs will be just one feature of an exciting night for families and kids of all ages.

In addition to the spaghetti buffet dinner, there will be a silent auction, raffle baskets, music and dance entertainment, a bake sale, carnival games, movies, and the always popular $5 family portrait.

Tickets are priced at $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for kids. A family ticket (two adults and up to four kids) is available for $35. But if you buy in advance, online (click here), there are various discounts — i.e. a family ticket is just $30. You also can sign up to sponsor a needy family to attend the dinner.

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