Spaghetti fundraiser served over 200 people

Over 200 people turned out at St. Mary’s Church last night to plunk down $20 a plate for Fort Frances resident Mary Ducharme, who is currently recovering from heart-transplant surgery at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
Ducharme had her surgery on July 5 and according to her daughter, Dana Martin of Winnipeg, she is doing extremely well.
“She’s doing awesome,” Martin enthused. “She has a really good heart and it’s pumping on its own,” she added.
Martin said her mother is doing so well, in fact, they she is scheduled to be released from hospital on Sept. 10 and return to Fort Frances.
In addition to the spaghetti dinner, there was a draw for a quilt, a penny table, a silent auction, and a crown and anchor wheel. The quilt was donated by Dawn Lundy and Arlene Grinsell of Fort Frances and was won by Bridget Dobranski of Fort Frances.
The spaghetti sauce was prepared by Bill Adair and was by all accounts, well received.
Martin said today she was overwhelmed by the level of support in the community for her mother, who was unaware of the fundraising effort.
“The support from the town was just incredible,” she enthused.