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CMU Rotaract club to hold fundraiser for those in need during the holidays

The CMU Rotaract organization will host its pasta dinner fundraiser on Dec. 1 to help those in need.

Central Michigan Rotaract, a registered student organization at Central Michigan University, is holding a pasta dinner fundraiser dubbed "Pastabilities," to help those in need get through the holidays and winter months. 

The fundraising will benefit Christmas Outreach of Isabella County — a non-profit organization that hosts an annual distribution event in December to give out gifts and essentials to people in need. 

“We picked this organization because of the high rate of poverty in Isabella County,” said Nicole Gerhauser, social chair for CMU Rotaract.

According to Data USA, the poverty rate of Isabella County is 28.8 percent, which is much more than double the national average of 14 percent.

The event will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Sacred Heart Academy High School, located at 316 E. Michigan St.

Attendees will be served a pasta dinner and the event will also include a silent auction, a sponsor-a-child table, a cake walk and a photo booth. 

General admission tickets are $10, but for children under 12 and students they are $5. Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased ahead of time by emailing 

Gerhauser described Rotaract as “the college version of Rotary,” which is an international service organization whose goal is to unite the people around the globe to solve the world’s most persistent issues.  

“Rotaract is also about developing leadership and professional skills," she said. "Everyone involved in Rotaract at Central Michigan University has an opportunity to step into a campus leadership position if they so desire, including but not limited to, officer and committee chair positions. Everyone also has the opportunity to interact with Rotary leaders and develop skills that will help them be successful, professional adults.”