Tradition of giving back
The annual Frank Joyce Memorial Spaghetti Dinner pays tribute to a wonderful teacher. It also pays tribute to a community that has kept his memory of service alive for more than a decade. Since 2002, the dinner has raised over $15,000 and helped more than 60 children who have lost a parent. Towanda Jr. /Sr. High School invites you to pay tribute and help children from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4.
Frank Joyce left two young children when he died. Terry Primrose, longtime organizer of the memorial dinner says Frank's death, "brought the reality of loss close to our hearts. The first spaghetti dinner helped heal us as well as the families that had a loss. There were four families that first year and that many each year since."
Shvonne Strickland, a THS art teacher who coordinates the raffle and sets up the images for the slide show at the event, still remembers the poem Frank asked her to memorize when she was in the eighth grade. Now, she remembers Frank's legacy as she raffles everything from handmade jelly, jewelry, pottery, photos and quilts to wood crafts!
This year Frank Joyce's friends and colleagues will gather yet again on April 4 in the Towanda Jr. Sr. High School Cafeteria. They will gather, work, bring a dessert, offer an artwork or craft for the raffle, share their memories and their caring hearts once again. And, as Fran Hoffman suggests, "it is what Frank would have done for others if he could. In a way, Frank is here in spirit, still smiling, and still helping those families through all of us."
Dinner is $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students. Children under age 5 eat free.