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Handmade spaghetti dinner to benefit Brooks House

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Tickets are available now for an old fashioned Spaghetti Supper benefiting Brooks House.

Dinner will be served from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 at College Hills Church of Christ. Tickets are $10 per person. Children age 5 and under eat for free.

And this won't be boxed noodles and jarred spaghetti sauce. Organizers are planning to make homemade noodles and professionally-prepared pasta sauce.

The meal will be prepared by Chef Pete Johnson, who has been a longtime supporter of Brooks House. Cumberland University Cheerleaders and Dance Team will volunteer as servers.

Brooks House Executive Director Liz Reese said Johnson has prepared meals for Brooks House ladies every Tuesday night for the last few years.

"When I say we are the best fed shelter around - we are. Everybody who lives here says, Miss Liz, I gained 25 pounds since I've been here," she joked, before adding how much they appreciate the service. "Pete has a passion for cooking and a heart's desire to do something for us... it inspires us. Sometimes the girls watch him cook or help come up with the menu."

Ingredients are purchased using money from the Kitchen Fund. After dinner, Pete's wife, Kelly, leads the ladies in a Bible study. "It is a ministry," Reese added.

Funds raised at the upcoming Spaghetti Supper will go toward operational costs of Brooks House. Brooks House opened in 2008 to give a "hand up" to women in need of a comfortable, safe environment.

"Right now we are debt free, but we still have to have operational money," Reese said. "This will go to lights and water and our basic needs we have to pay each month."

Tickets can be purchased by calling Brooks House; at Pinnacle Bank or through a Board Member. For more information call (615) 444-8882.

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