By all accounts, it sounds like the third annual No One Eats Alone dinner on Christmas Day was a success.
The dinner, organized by Ward 2 Coun. Michael Vagnini, featured an “old-fashioned Christmas dinner just like Nonna made it.” It took place at the Copper Cliff Italian Club.
“It was a great time had by all,” Vagnini said on his Facebook page. “(Italian Club general manager Marika Urso) and all the volunteers did an amazing job. Who would ever thought you could have a dinner like this at Christmas!!”
Vagnini could not immediately be reached Wednesday, so we're not sure how many people showed up at this year's dinner. However, past events have attracted hundreds of participants.
This year, proceeds from the event — participants were charged a nominal fee of $10 each — went to the Walden Food bank and Maison McCulloch Hospice.
The Sudbury Police Association also donated $3,500 to the event, and a few Greater Sudbury Police Service officers dropped by to volunteer.
“This event ensures that no one in our community has to eat alone on Christmas,” said a Facebook post by Greater Sudbury Police.
“What an amazing event. Thank you to Councillor Vagnini for your ongoing and unwavering commitment to our community.
“A big thank you also goes out to our awesome Police Association who donated $3,500 to this event. We might be biased, but we really do have the best association out there. Thank you to everyone involved.”