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2019-02-06 / News

Community Comes Together To Support Delhi Family

By Rosie Cunningham

When a local family is in need, Delhi does what it does best and comes together as a community.

On Feb. 2, a “Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser” was held at the Delhi American Legion to benefit the Burnham family. Sheilah Burnham and eight children experienced the sudden loss of Russell Burnham, a devoted father and husband in early January.

On Jan. 26, CLASI hosted a fundraiser that also benefited the family.

According to Delhi resident Hope Knapp, who spearheaded the effort with Kim Eighmey, more than 200 dinners were sold.

“Kim made 420 meatballs,” said Knapp. “I was beyond shocked by the attendance - it was wonderful.”

Knapp said Russell Burnham was a longtime supporter of the Delhi Peewee Football program.

“He was our chief videographer,” she said. “He was always on the sidelines and videotaped every game and he would make a highlight reel. He was very involved and donated his time and his children were in the program as well.”

Peewee football players - current and former - and their coaches served during the benefit.

Knapp said Lisa Ford took the lead on a successful raffle, which coincided with the dinner.

“She did everything and raffled off 115 donated items,” she credited.

Knapp said there were many who contributed to the evening, including Bagels N Cream in Delhi, which prepared the rolls, Bobby Sohns of Maines, who made sauce and pasta, and Cuginos, which donated more sauce and pasta in a pinch. An anonymous donation covered the cost to rent out the Delhi Legion. The Wilson family donated the pork to make the meatballs and the Sanders of South Kortright donated the beef.

“I want to thank everyone who helped the family,” said Knapp.

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