WESTFIELD - It may have been a cold and windy Sunday on Jan. 20, but the atmosphere inside the Westfield Academy and Central School was one of warmth and caring.
The Westfield Teachers' Association conducted its first Circle of Friends concert and dinner fundraiser to benefit Aili Makuch. The goal was to raise $2,000 to benefit Aili's medical fund. The association was shocked and amazed when the totals came in recently and was able to write a check for $4,502 to Aili and her family.
Westfield Teachers' Association President Karen Belcher thanks the donors that provided all the food and supplies needed to serve 300 people a delicious spaghetti dinner. Thanks go to: Carriage House Co., Inc.; Cott Corporation; Webb's Captain's Table Restaurant; Brigiotta's Farmland Produce and Garden Center, Inc.; Maplevale Farms, Inc.; Don McCord and Small Town Planning; Welch Foods, Inc.; Fieldbrook Farms Ice Cream, Inc.; Better Baked Foods, Inc.; Petri Baking Products, Inc.; Tops Friendly Markets of Dunkirk and Westfield; Patty Benton; WACS Parent Connection; WACS Builders Club; Scott and Laurie Robbins; David Waldron; Lorna Penny; and Joan Caruso.
Belcher also thanks those individuals and groups who filled the auditorium with song to lift hearts and spirits. Thanks go to: Helen and Dan Ihasz; Kent and Nanette Knappenberger; Pauline Emilson and the New Horizons Brass Ensemble; Philip Farugia; Wind of the Spirit Choir; WACS Jazz Ensemble; WACS Fourth Grade Choir; Kathy Petersen; Michael Hawk; and the Bemus Point United Methodist Church Praise Band.
Belcher said she is proud of the school and community and appreciates everyone who was involved in making this event successful for the Makuch family.