Deb Lancia was a big part of the Park View (PVMS) and Cranston Public School community prior to losing her life to pancreatic cancer last year.
This year, the PVMS school community is doing their part to not only remember Lancia, but to also help fund research for those presently battling pancreatic cancer by selling bubble gum during standardized testing, having a citywide dress down day, and hosting a pasta dinner.
On April 26 the school will host a pasta dinner and auction in Lancia’s honor and all proceeds raised will go towards the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN).
The school community has already raised and donated $1,500 to Lancia’s team, Count on Hope, which is participating in a PANCAN Purple Strides walk on May 6, pushing the team over their $7500 goal, thanks to donations from the Cranston Teachers’ Association, the dress down day and PVMS staff donations.
“This pasta dinner is open to everyone and tickets can be bought prior to the event for $5 per person or for $20 per family up to six people, or they can be bought at the door,” said Sue Cianci, one of the PVMS organizers of the dinner.
Cianci and Principal Mike Crudale will be the guest chefs for the pasta dinner on April 26, and Cianci joked that the theme for the evening will be sauce versus gravy, since one chef is Irish and one is Italian.
Cianci and her colleagues have been very busy gathering donations of items that are being used for themed raffle baskets that will be raffled off at the dinner.
“We are having a kid raffle, tickets are going to be one dollar or $10 for a sleeve, and we have a silent auction of themed baskets,” said Cianci. “The raffle and auction items will be given out that night so that everyone can pay and take their items home that night.”
The school is grateful to many community businesses that have made donations for the event, including Delizioso's, Macera's, and The Original Italian Bakery.
Anyone wishing to make a donation or purchase tickets can contact the school with questions. All checks can be made out to Park View Middle School.