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Spaghetti at the ranch

Thursday, October 13, 2011

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Staff and residents of Arrowhead Ranch are set to welcome visitors to their spaghetti dinner and auction fundraiser Saturday.
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Arrowhead Ranch is in the process of establishing its own set of traditions as it grows. This Saturday, Arrowhead's second annual spaghetti dinner and live auction will be held at the ranch on Cortner Mill Road in Normandy.

The 200-acre ranch serves young men who have gone through hardships in life or who are in need of a safe place to live for a variety of reasons.

The spaghetti dinner will raise funds for the boys, their clothing, Christmas and educational items, but it will also serve as a way to interact and educate the community about the ranch.

"All of our funding comes from donations, corporate sponsors and fund-raising events like the dinner," said founder Jeff Sweeney. "We do not receive any state funding of any type and we have been able to reach all of these young men without putting any financial requirements on their families."

The event begins with an open house and facility tour at 4 p.m. "[We] will have an open house for all guests who would like to tour the ranch," said Sweeney. Staff will also be on hand to answer questions for potential candidates to the facility.

Guests will be served a spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m.

"Don't forget all the homemade pies and cakes that have been donated from some of the finest cooks in the South," brags Sweeney.

While eating, guests may enjoy bluegrass music provided by Stephen Gallagher and the Wartrace Ramblers.

The live auction kicks off at 6 p.m. and will feature trips to Disney trips, sports memorabilia, restaurant certificates and Gatlinburg vacation packages, artwork and framed pictures.

The ranch is presently home to 16 boys who, according to Sweeney, "have grown as young men."

Last year's event hosted more than 150 visitors, and based on ticket sales, organizers are expecting to see more than 250 guests this year.

"We would like to invite everyone who enjoys great food, live music and a desire to see just how beautiful Arrowhead Ranch is inside and out," said Sweeney.

The event is open to the community, and families are welcomed. Tickets to the dinner are $10.

If you go

Arrowhead Ranch's fundraiser begins with an open house and tour at 4 p.m. Friday followed by a spaghetti dinner at 5 and live auction at 6. See http:///www.arrowheadranchtn.org for more information.