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Living the Lions Club Motto

When life gives you a shutdown, you look for the silver lining. That is what the Haddonfield Lions Club did after they had to cancel this year’s popular community dinner event because of COVID-19 health concerns.

Naturally, many arrangements were well underway by the time the decision was made to call off the event, which included ordering food and advance preparation of some of the fan-favorite Italian specialties served at the dinner.

After consulting with Lions Club members and the event organizers, including Chef-in-Charge Valarie Costanzo, the Club was able to put together donations to a local church and for first responders.

The delicious donations included twelve containers of lasagna, ten pans of sausage and peppers, three gallons of Alfredo butter sauce, prepared by Patrick Perti and the students of Swenson Arts and Sciences at the School, and a case of orecchiette pasta.

Some food was taken to the Calvary Chapel of South Jersey (http://ccsouthjersey.org/) and was served to women with children as part of the church’s Not Alone Single Moms’ Fellowship, a bi-monthly meeting and dinner for single moms and their kids. This arrangement was set up by Haddonfield Lions Club member Chip Adamson.

For the remainder of the food, Charles (Chip) Longo of Berkshire Hathaway Homes/Fox and Roach Realtors, followed up on a contact he has with the Collingswood Fire and Police departments and delivered several trays to them to provide meals for first responders who have been on the pandemic front lines.

Although the Lions Club regrets having to cancel the Pasta Bowl, they are pleased to have put the food from the dinner to good use.

“Our motto as Lions Club members is We Serve,” said Haddonfield Lions Club President Alan Stedman, “and though, as individuals, we are observing social distancing in these times, we still strive to keep strong our community connections and to help others, especially those in need.”

“How we help now may be different, but the intention is the same,” he said. “Kindness matters.”


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