Ravens fans will be out for blood - to help Red Cross


January 18, 2002|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

JOE TURCHETTA has checked the weather and arranged for a television to be on site to view the Ravens game. He's covering all the bases to make sure Sunday's American Red Cross blood drive at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church is a success.

"Don't forget about the good food we serve donors, too," Turchetta, unofficial director for the Riviera Beach church's blood drives, said with a laugh. "It's the least we can do."

Turchetta, a longtime parish member and Knights of Columbus member, added: "We depend upon the community to come through for us to reach our 100-pint goal for this drive."

The blood drive will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the church's school/parish hall, 8499 Virginia Avenue.

Those who donate between 9 a.m. and noon will be served a pancake-and-sausage breakfast. Those who donate from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. can watch the game and dine on a crab cake dinner, courtesy of Bill Green Seafood.

Potential donors should bring identification. They must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and must not have been tattooed during the past year.

Appointments can be made in advance, but walk-ins are welcomed.

"Good people, good food, a good cause - what else could you ask for?" Turchetta asked.

Maybe a few prayers for the Ravens? It couldn't hurt.

Appointments: 410-255-5653.

Abundance, Italian-style

Members of Jenkins Memorial Church will be in the kitchen tomorrow cooking an Italian menu that should please people of all ages.

The church will hold its all-you-can-eat, spaghetti-and-chicken cacciatore dinner from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall, 133 Riviera Drive.

The menu includes spaghetti served with meat sauce, chicken cacciatore, salad, bread, and dessert.

The dinner will cost $7 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 5 to 12. Kids younger than age 5 may eat for free.

Church spokeswoman Donna Allen said that, as in the past, the church will offer limited carryout and deliveries to neighbors and businesses in the area between noon and 2 p.m.

Carryout orders will be accepted tomorrow morning only.

Proceeds will benefit the church's building fund.

Orders: 410-437-2846.

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