Ravioli, good will served at 103rd annual Sacred Heart Church Italian dinner

CINCINNATI - The warm weather played a part in another huge turnout for the annual Sacred Heart Church ravioli dinner.

Lines started forming before 4 a.m. Sunday in Camp Washington for the 103rd edition of the Italian feast and fundraiser. The event didn’t begin until 10 a.m.

Over the course of the day, congregants and community members alike paid $12 (or $5 for children under 12) for a "traditional Italian meal." They also had the option of picking up frozen ravioli by the box (50 per box) at a carry-out window.

"It's a successful dinner. They like the food and they want to get out of the house, especially in the beautiful weather and that has been the ticket so far," said Ron Panioto, Jr., the organizer behind the dinner.

Volunteers hand-rolled more than 23,000 ravioli and made more than 600 gallons of sauce for the event, which went until 6 p.m.

That mixture of elbow grease and marinara sauce is going toward facility upgrades and maintenance work to Sacred Heart, Panioto said.

Church administrators are asking for help at 8 a.m. Monday to cleaning the auditorium and the kitchen. 

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