Canceled Ronald Mcdonald House fundraiser revived by Franklin County business

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) When a pipe burst and flooded the Ronald McDonald House in Roanoke last month, the organization canceled their Valentine's Day fundraiser.

But now thanks to a local business, the fundraiser is back on.

In early January, a pipe burst at the Ronald McDonald House after a cold snap and flooded the dining room and parts of the basement.

The flooded areas have since been gutted because of the water damage and are currently being repaired.

With the common areas off-limits, the staff was worried they wouldn't be able to host their spaghetti dinner and auction at the house.

"Obviously we had to cancel. It just was not going to be feasible to pull that off," said RMHC SWVA Executive Director Anna Semonco.

But luckily, Homestead Creamery jumped in to help pull the fundraiser together in the nick of time.

"It just kept rolling in my mind, how can we make this happen?" said Homestead Creamery President Mike Grisetti, who also sits on the RMHC board.

Grisetti says they've been able to pull everything together relatively quickly.

"We committed to this thing a week and a half ago and here we are," he said. "We didn't know if we could pull it off this quick but people just come from everywhere to help."

But it wasn't just Homestead Creamery who is making it possible, several local businesses have donated food and things to be bid on for the silent auction.

"From jewelry stores, everyone came forward, donut places, it's been pretty exciting to see."

Semonco explained the repairs to the house has taken up a lot of attention and she is relieved that Homestead Creamery has taken the fundraiser off her hands.

Now they just hope the community will come out and support the fundraiser to help families stay at the home for free while their kids are in the hospital.

There is still time to donate auction items, please drop items by the Creamery during normal business hours or call 540-721-2045.

If you are interested in attending the event, the Gift of Love Spaghetti Dinner will be held at the Burnt Chimney Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, February 10 from 4 PM to 8 PM

Dinner includes a full spaghetti meal with bread, salad, and dessert for adults at $10 and a spaghetti dish for children 12 and under for $5. Dine in and take out options are available.

There will also be an auction onsite for additional fundraising.

100% of proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia!

Homestead Creamery Ice Cream on-site for dessert.

You are encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time at the following locations:

Homestead Creamery, Inc
7254 Booker T Washington Highway, Wirtz, Virginia
540-721-2045

The General Store at Smith Mountain Lake
213 Scruggs Road, Moneta, Virginia 24121
540-721-3009

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia
2224 Jefferson Street SE Roanoke, Virginia 24014
540-857-0770