Spaghetti dinner boosts angel-hair charity

The Locks of Love campaign, Royal Lady Knights and Onondaga's Hall Council collaborated to hold a spaghetti dinner at the Interfaith Center on Sunday.

The proceeds from the fundraiser went to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization which provides hairpieces for children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

For five dollars, students, faculty and staff received full plates of spaghetti, along with various drinks and cookies for dessert. The event began with a slow start at 5 p.m., but built up to a total of $235 by 8 p.m.

"It's better than CAS," freshman Amanda Kurtis said early in the evening.

Having donated her hair three times in the past, Kurtis said, "I feel it's a great cause, and I hope more people get involved."

Senior Kaitlyn Cahill, who brought the groups together to organize the event, had worked with Locks of Love as a senior in high school, and wanted to pass it on to Geneseo before graduation.

"When you're in college, you don't have a lot of money, so it's hard to make a donation financially," Cahill said. "Locks of Love is a really great opportunity for that."

Cahill proposed the dinner to Onondaga's Hall Council, which agreed to donate time and money for the facilities, food, setup, service and cleanup of the event.

"A lot of people have lost their hair to different treatments," Onondaga Vice President Will Labate, a freshman, said. "It's a great charity."

The Royal Lady Knights also worked the event, including a number of "orientates" to the organization.

"It went really well," said RLK President Sarah Osterling, a senior. "Locks of Love is something that's gotten a lot of publicity over the last few years, and it's really a noble cause. Geneseo is such a charitable campus, so it fit right in."

Geneseo a cappella band Exit 8 arrived at 7 p.m. to sing at the event.

"It definitely gave a different dimension to the charity dinner," Osterling said. "They're so awesome and really brought a cool dinner-and-a-performance atmosphere."

Freshman James Clark, among most others, seemed just as pleased with the evening.

"It's a great cause, you get great food and you get to help people out," Clark said. "What more do you want?"