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Legion hosts March of Dimes Ambassador family for dinner

WESTFIELD - The American Legion, featuring the longest running consecutive fund-rasier for the March of Dimes, will be hosting two dinners on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 to raise funds for the charity. All proceeds will go to the Western MA, March of Dimes Foundation to help fight birth defects in babies.

The dinner will include a complete spaghetti dinner with meatballs, salad and dessert. The price of tickets is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door for either event. The event will run from 5- 8 p.m on both nights.

"We are the longest running American Legion Post to support the March of Dimes in the nation (at least no one has contested that)," Bob Myco of the American Legion Post 124 said to Reminder Publications. This is the 60th year that the Post 124 is sponsoring this event.

Invited guests are the March of Dimes Ambassador Family Ron and Kelli Lemelin and children Samuel and Gaberiel; Carrie Fuller, the director of Western MA March of Dimes Foundation and Edward Doherty, the director of the March of Dimes Foundation for the state of Mass.

This year Post 124 will dedicate the event to the memory of the original Committee members who started the charity event in 1947, Robert W. Myco, public relations director for Post 124 said.

The members started the event after returning from WWII. The remembered include Anthony Perenzo, Alfred Calagari, George Hickson, John "Tux" Murphy and Joseph "Nookie" Calgari.

In addition to the dinner, meatball grinders will be offered on both days from 12-8 p.m. for $3. Take-out orders are available and tickets will be available at the Post and at the door.