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8th Grade Spaghetti Dinner Huge Success

8th Grade Spaghetti Dinner Huge Success

Every February the 8th Grade Spaghetti Dinner is one of the most well attended and fun social events of the school year, and Friday night was no exception.  Over 300 St. Raymond family members, alumni and parishioners gathered to enjoy alumni Chef Paul DeGregorio's finest Italian cooking.  The 8th grade students, led by Sr. Ann McGowan, Stacey Anstead, Jocelyn Abisia, and Shannon Avina transformed the gym into little Italy.  The class worked hard decorating, selling raffle tickets, serving food and clearing tables, to raise money for their annual trip to Yosemite which they took in the Fall.  

Paul DeGregorio and his crew of alumni Dads were busy all day in the St. Raymond kitchen making homemade sauces with fresh ingredients and preparing meatballs, sausages and salad for the Italian feast.  In 1999, Paul attended the Spaghetti Dinner and was not impressed with the food -- pre-cooked pasta and sauce from a jar.  Consequently, the following year he took over as head chef and has been cooking for the Spaghetti Dinner for the past 17 years.  Several other alumni Dads have helped over the years including Mike Davison, Rich Durando and Loren Hillberg.  In more recent years, Marc Fontana, Kevin Moultrup, Jeff Closs and Dave Anstead have joined the crew.  It takes a special skill to be able to cook for 300-500 people and Paul has it down to a science, preparing delicious homemade Italian fare.  Every year the 8th grade class is so grateful for his willingness to step up and lead the way in the kitchen. 

Paul and Kris DeGregorio have been around St. Raymond School for a number of years.  Their four children all graduated from St. Raymond.  Karen (Class of 2000) is married and lives in Roseville where she works in Human Resources for Snapple.  Mark (Class of 2001) lives in San Francisco and works in the investment advising arena at Royal Bank of Canada.  Jeff (Class of 2005) is living in San Francisco with his brother Mark, and is a CPA working for Ernst & Young, and Ryan (Class of 2008) was attending Missouri Western College until he ruptured the tendon in his pitching elbow, and now attends Canada College and is the varsity pitching coach for Palo Alto High School.  St. Raymond School is fortunate to have active and involved alumni like the DeGregorios who are supporting the school years after their children have graduated.  Many thanks to Chef Paul and all his alumni Dad sous-chefs!

 Alumni Chefs: (Top photo, left to right) Kevin Moultrup, Loren Hillberg, Marc Fontana, Mike Davison and Paul DeGregorio.  (Bottom photo, left to right) Paul DeGregorio, Scott Ritchey, Mike Davison, Loren Hillberg.  Not pictured:  Richard Durando

Alumni Chefs: (Top photo, left to right) Kevin Moultrup, Loren Hillberg, Marc Fontana, Mike Davison and Paul DeGregorio.  (Bottom photo, left to right) Paul DeGregorio, Scott Ritchey, Mike Davison, Loren Hillberg.  Not pictured:  Richard Durando

 Alumni Moms enjoy the Spaghetti Dinner festivities.

Alumni Moms enjoy the Spaghetti Dinner festivities.

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