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Spring luncheon a community tradition

For more than 75 years, the ladies of the Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church have donned festive hats and worked to raise money for local charities, as well as church-funded scholarships and events.

This year the annual spring luncheon is extra sweet as the church celebrates its 125th anniversary in Fairview.

Marcia Chiaudano, church committee chair, said everyone brings their favorite salads to the luncheon — along with an $8 donation — and joins in the bake sale, plant sale and crafts.CONTRIBUTED FILE PHOTO - The luncheon menu includes a variety of salads, rolls and desserts. Community members will fill Smith Memorial with laughter and conversation on April 30.

“All donations benefit local charities and the church,” Chiaudano said.

These donations, coupled with money raised from the sales, amount to about $3,000. That money is spread between charities such My Father’s House and SnowCap Community Charities.

Every year, Chiaudano said, the same familiar faces can be found at the event, helping out the community. She expects this year to be no different.CONTRIBUTED FILE PHOTO - Hats are encouraged at the annual Smith Memorial Presbyterian Churchs spring salad luncheon. A baked goods, crafts and plants sale will feature a variety of homemade items.

“It’s been quite a tradition and part of our rich history,” she said.

Although the 125th anniversary isn’t until October, the spring luncheon takes place April 30. Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. at Smith Memorial, 2420 Fairview Ave. in Fairview. More information can be found at smithmemorialpres.org.


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