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The Guilford High School (GHS) Interact Club is giving Guilford residents a chance to carb up before a marathon night of watching election returns by hosting its popular Pasta Night on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
From 5:30 to 9 p.m., residents can head to the Knights of Columbus Hall on South Union Street to enjoy food catered by Bell' Amici Restaurant. Interact Club members will be serving as waiters, waitresses, busboys, and kitchen help, providing an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner with salad and drinks.
"This is our fifth annual pasta night," said Anna Goodridge, club vice president and senior at GHS. "It's a really good fundraiser and we hope it will be a great success."
Tickets for the all-you-can-eat event are $10, with all proceeds going towards a charity or organization of the club's choosing.
"We host the night and then we vote as a club to where the money will go sometime after Pasta Night," said Goodridge.
Last year was the most successful Pasta Night to date, with approximately $1,600 raised and donated to several groups, including the Guilford Food Bank, Roses for Autism, the Alzheimer's Association, New Haven Home Recovery, and Call to Care (Uganda).
An eating competition between GHS Principal Rick Misenti and a GHS teacher was an added segment to last year's Pasta Night. The Interact Club vice president said this would also occur this year, kicking off at 6 p.m.
"We're hoping to continue that tradition and we're going to be having another eating competition and whoever eat more pasta in an allotted time wins," she said. "Anyone who wants to get in on it can buy a ticket and eat as much as they want."
Past events hosted by the Interact Club, such as the annual Golf Scramble, help such a variety of local, national, and international charitable programs, some of which include the Haitian Health Foundation, Happy Houses in Haiti, New Haven Women's Shelter, and the Guilford Free Library.
"Interact is a club dedicated to community service and participates in Habitat for Humanity, the Crop Walk, making meals for New Haven's homeless shelter, and parking cars at Bishop's Pick Your Own," explained Goodridge. "The club also assists Rotary events such as Lobsterfest and the upcoming Frosty 5K Run."
For more information about the fifth annual pasta night or to purchase tickets ahead of time, contact club advisor Allen Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org or Goodridge at email@example.com.