History of the Pasta Dinner and Auction

We are pleased to be yet once again hosting the “22st Annual Pasta Dinner and Auction Benefit”.  In the past 20 years this high-profile event has raised over $300,000 to assist many families who have suffered catastrophic medical issues.

It was started to help Chet Ziemiecki, who while traveling through Missouri, had a stroke and a brain aneurism.  He was in intensive care for 90 days and was unplugged three times and survived.  The Knights of Columbus learned they would need about $7,000 to fly him to a local hospital.  We went to the Romano’s Macaroni Grill and asked them to help cook a dinner to help raise the money.   They provided the complete meal.  We served over 1,300 people and raised over $35,000.  This started the annual event.  We kept him and his family in their home for nine years.  Until his death. Since then the focus was changed to help other families with large medical bills in Wheaton and the surrounding area without religious bias.

Over the years, we have helped several families that have had major medical expenses.  We have supported family’s that have children with autism.  There have been times that we have helped with support of Cobra medical premiums when the loss of a job has occurred.  There have been multiple families assisted during chemo and radiation treatment times. If you know of someone or a family in need please contact us to see if we can help.

Because of how we operate, over 90% of donations go back to the community, not many charities can say that! It is our hope that you will consider attending this event or buy tickets to one of our raffles or make a donation to our cause.

We hope that you find our cause worthy and keep this tradition going!

Al Cocconi

Pasta Dinner Chairman