THIELLS, N.Y. -- From sweet and savory to Mexican-flavored, though mostly the Italian-style in tomato sauce variety, were meatball contenders in a recent North Rockland High School Italian Club contest.
The taste-testing for this Meatball Fundraiser took place on a recent Monday, after eighth period, a likely highlight before students, faculty and staff headed out for the day. The participants paid $5 at the door to taste and judge the entries.$5 at the door not $15
Savone, club advisor and an English as a second language teacher, explained that the money raised will go to an education fund for the children of Michael Fahy, a graduate of North Rockland High School and battalion chief and 17-year New York Fire Department veteran who was killed responding to a house gas explosion in the Bronx on Sept. 27.
The club promotes the cultural aspects of the Italian culture, said Savone, who was asked to take on the role as president three years ago.
"We also have fundraisers for different causes. Our club is open to everyone," said Savone, whose heritage is Italian. Her parents are from regions in Rome and Calabria, and she travels to Italy once a year.
"Last year we had nine people make meatballs. Our event participation has doubled. We had 18 people make the meatballs. They brought them to school that morning, and the kitchen staff refrigerated them. I borrowed Sternos and racks from my Dad's deli in West Haverstraw. Then that afternoon, the cafeteria (staff) warmed everything up.The trays were marked, but nobody knew whose was whose. We raised over $700."