COLONIA—On Wednesday, June 4, St. John Vianney School hosted a spaghetti dinner as a fundraiser for Bethany Ciccarelli, a kindergarten student at the school. Bethany has been diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia.
Bethany is five years old, the second youngest of Mario and Lisa Ciccarelli’s five children. The Ciccarelli family has been a part of the St. John Vianney parish and school community for many years. Bethany and two of her sisters attend the school; her older brother just graduated eighth grade.
The St. John Vianney parish community really pulled together to provide a great deal of support for the family during this difficult time. Over 850 delicious spaghetti and meatball dinners were served that evening compliments of the Cerami family, owners of JJ Bitting Restaurant located on Main Street, Woodbridge. Wonderful baskets donated by local businesses and families and a 50/50 raffle also helped raise funds. Girl Scout Troop #81734 and the SJV Youth Group made ribbons in honor of Bethany that were sold to help raise money.
There are other upcoming fundraisers and ways to donate, including A Cut-A-Thon being held on June 22 (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at The Hair Place on Inman Avenue, Colonia) and a Thomasville Furniture Raffle, which will be drawn at the Cut-A-Thon. Thomasville Furniture has donated a gift certificate for $3,000 to their store in Woodbridge.
Mario Ciccarelli is pictured with Bethany’s sisters and brother