This will be the 14th year we've hosted the event, and it is something that we look forward to each year. Keep in mind we will be open for normal business hours from 11am to 3pm.
But from 4:30 to 8pm, an $8.00 donation gets you a plate full of spaghetti, fresh baked bread, salad, coffee and cake. Come one, come all! To go or dine-in!
What is amazing about this event is that all of your charitable dollars stay local, right here in the Illinois Valley for the Lighted Way Foundation located in LaSalle. Lighted Way is a private day school that has catered to students with developmental disabilities since 1957, and this annual event is their biggest fundraiser. Either dine in or carryout. Please come help support this great cause. The proceeds made from the Spaghetti Dinner will be put into the Lighted Way Foundation and dispersed to meet the needs of its students.
For those of you unfamiliar with what your donations go toward, The Lighted Way currently enrolls over 30 students ranging in ages from 3 to 22 years old. These students are taught by certified special education teachers, and additional care is provided by teacher aides.
Lighted Way has extensive programs geared towards engaging its students both educationally and therapeutically: music, occupational, physical, speech and language. The Lighted Way teachers also provide their students help to develop skills in the areas of self-help, social, readiness, independent living, motor, perceptual motor, and computer with additional training in physical education, augmentative communication and vocational preparation.
Lighted Way's Symbol is "Light" and they strive to:
- Light the way for students with disabilities
- Instill in each child a sense of self-worth
- Guide students through their educational and therapeutic programs
- Help students be an integral part of their community
- Treat each child with dignity, respecting their individual differences
Over the course of the last 14 years, we have served over 27,000 plates of spaghetti and helped raise almost $200,000. Each year, we have a very dedicated staff. From Uptown Grill employees and their friends and family to the employees, parents and volunteers from the Lighted Way... everyone donates their time and lends a hand. We always have a great turnout of help dedicated to serving our community.
It is truly a wonderful night with a packed house serving plate after plate of pasta knowing you're working toward a goal of helping this great cause. We are a community coming together to make this such a success. Thank you all for your past help and donations, and we look forward to seeing you all again this year!