At the Foote Capital Mortgage Company, the plight of veterans hits close to home.
“We have a few staff members that are veterans,” said Amy Andrade, marketing and public relations spokesperson at Foote Capital. “We have a connection with the vets and want to give back to them as a thank you.”
In honor of these and all area veterans, the staff will host a free spaghetti dinner for veterans and their families at the Carlisle Elk’s Lodge on Sunday, Nov. 4.
“We want this to be a time to come in and socialize,” Andrade said. “A lot of older vets don’t have anywhere to go, and hopefully this will be a free opportunity for people to meet each other and connect.”
Andrade said the spaghetti dinner includes pasta, salad, breadsticks and homemade desserts.
“The homemade desserts have been volunteered and baked by the community,” she said. “Over a dozen people are bringing desserts.”
Kim Foltz, manager the Elk’s Lodge, said she hopes the event is well attended.
“They (Foote Capital) are putting a lot of time and effort into it, so I hope people come out,” she said.
Foltz said the Elk’s Lodge supports the veteran community throughout the year, including collecting supplies and sponsoring a separate veteran’s dinner on Nov. 15.
“We support the veterans in a lot of ways so we are happy to host this event too,” she said.
The spaghetti dinner will be the first of its kind for Foote Capital, a mortgage company founded in 2006 by Shaun and Rebecca Foote and currently housed on East Mulberry Avenue in downtown Carlisle.
“This is something that is special,” Andrade said. “It is truly a ‘labor of love.’”
Seating for the dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m. and run through to 7:30 p.m.
“We have plenty of space, so running out of food isn’t an option,” Andrade said.
The Carlisle Elk’s Lodge #578 is located at 120 W. Ridge St., Carlisle.