In all my years and all the places I've been in this world I could probably count on my fingers the number of people that have always greeted me with a big smile & a friendly hello every time our paths crossed. I'm not talking one of those "just to be polite" smiles. I'm talking about being sincerely greeted and getting the feeling they mean it. Mr. & Mrs. Cataldo's little girl, Vickie McCombs, is one of those I can count on for that every time we run into each other. I didn't even know the lady until our kids were playing high school sports a few years ago. I was across the pond in the Republic of Viet Nam when she graduated from high school.
Since I've got to know Vickie she always has that smile. It's just been in the past few years that I have gotten to know her. She's always been an eager helper volunteering to assist with just about anything she's been asked to do. I mostly see her at public events that are raising funds for this or that. Being a long time member of the Chamber she always seems to be one of those behind the scenes giving a hand. With that pretty smile and warm hello she's one of those people you consider to be a friend at the get go.
Well, as my Kentucky relatives are apt to say, Vickie has be "up agin it" the past year and could use a little help from her friends. Bill & Vicki Roberts and family have been the first ones to step up to the plate. Bill, Vicki, Erin, Adam & son-in-law Jason Orr are sponsoring "An Evening of Entertainment" September 12 at Wellsville's SOI Lodge on Main St. for Vickie's benefit. They have gone out and enlisted more of Vickie's friends to lend a hand and are getting things organized for a great time.
It will start at 4 o'clock in the afternoon with what Bill swears is some of the best sauce he's ever tasted on a plate of spaghetti. I think Bill was drooling when he was describing Marlene Corbisello's spaghetti sauce. For just $5 you can enjoy a spaghetti dinner with all the fixings. Bill was so enthusiastic about Marlene's sauce I'm hungry to sample it. The dinners will be over at 7 P.M. Carry-outs will be available too. Children 6 & under get to eat for free.
Starting at 8 o'clock Wellsville's Route 45 band will be taking the stage playing some great music. For just a $10 donation you can join the party this band brings to every place they play. They have a loyal fan following that are easily spotted in their bright fluorescent t-shirts. Every place they play they pick up more fans. They're one of the best bands around and are scheduled to play until 11.
The SOI will have the bar open to member's guests. While the band is entertaining there will also be snacks, pop & water available. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese Auction. The cheer leaders from the Old Gray Mayor's Basketball Game is donating a big basket of kitchen stuff for the auction. Vickie was a member of that cheer leading squad. There will be two special hand made Corn Hole games raffled off. One is being personally decorated by Wellsville native Jeff Campbell of Campbell's Signs with a Tiger skin design. If you have ever seen any of Jeff's art work you'll want to frame this set rather than throw bean bags at it. The other game is being donated by Highlandtown cabinet maker Darrell Utt. Billy Roberts says his corn hole game pieces are a work of art too. There's that plus a lot of other nice stuff you'll be wanting.
Tickets are available in advance at Center Pharmacy, AirWaves, Tony's Bar, Robert's Funeral Home or at the door or by calling 330-692-2037. The sponsors are suggesting getting tickets in advance. There's limited space especially when Marlene is cooking and you don't want to miss The Route 45 Band.
Shown above around the bench from the left are Route 45 Band members Tim & Karen Kelly, Vicki Roberts, Erin Roberts-Orr, Lisa's mom Marlene and Bill Roberts. See you there.
God's speed Vickie...