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Trinity Catholic holds fundraiser to replace kitchen ovens

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MASSENA - Trinity Catholic School officials will be using chicken to help buy new ovens.

They’re holding a chicken barbecue fundraiser on Saturday to help cover the cost of new ovens that are needed in the school’s cafeteria.

“We need new ovens in our cafeteria. You put a cake in and it comes out as runny as when you put it in,” Principal Joan M. Rufa said.

The ovens have served their purposes well over the years, she said.

“They’re at least 30 years old, if not older. They’ve been here at least as long as Trinity’s been here, probably when it was Sacred Heart,” Mrs. Rufa said.

Now it’s time to replace them with more modern appliances that will serve the school’s kitchen staff well into the future. And they hope to raise enough money during Saturday’s chicken barbecue to begin putting money toward the new ovens.

“We’ve started looking. They’re going to be pretty costly. This is kind of the first step. We hope to get maybe halfway to the price and figure out what we’re going to do from there,” the principal said.

The menu includes one-half barbecued chicken, salt potatoes, pasta salad, lemonade and ice tea, and two chocolate chip cookies, all for $9 a person.

The fundraiser begins at 11:30 p.m. and will last as long as there’s chicken available, Mrs. Rufa said.

“I would say we’re going to go to at least 3 o’clock in the afternoon,” she said.

Visitors can dine outside if the weather is nice, in the cafeteria, or they can order a take-out meal.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. If the weather is not cooperative, the cafeteria will be open so people can stay inside. They don’t have to stay outside. We are going to have take-out so people can come and just take out their meal,” Mrs. Rufa said.

For more information, contact the school at 769-5911.

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