Faith in Action serves more than 200 in fundraiser

Volunteers prepackage desserts for the Faith in Action spaghetti dinner fundraiser curbside event May 26. Submitted Photo

It was a wet night for the ninth annual An Evening in Tuscany spaghetti dinner fundraiser Tuesday, May 26, in support of the volunteer drivers with Faith in Action for Cass County.

The change to a curbside-pickup event at Union Church in Hackensack served more than 200 people with cars lined up around the block at times.

Faith in Action volunteer chef Mike Bohanon and board members, volunteers and staff served the meal of spaghetti with garlic rounds and dessert. Diners were served a choice of plain sauce with meatballs or Mike’s Special Sauce, loaded with the works. Waiting curbside provided time to talk about volunteer drivers and the services Faith in Action volunteers provide in their communities.

“We were overwhelmed by the community support this year,” board chair Dee Oliver said in a news release. “We ran out of both food and serving containers.”

Faith in Action for Cass County connects volunteers who provide neighborly assistance to people in need throughout the rural communities of Cass County. Volunteers help with rides to shopping, appointments and errands. They also help with chores, phone visiting and meal delivery, and they build accessibility ramps. The goal of Faith in Action is to help people remain in their own homes for as long as possible.


For more information on services or volunteer opportunities, contact Faith in Action at 218-675-5435 or visit .

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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