A big thank you to Abbey Group employee Jaca Hughes, for organizing this fundraiser.


Spaghetti dinner to benefit Wardsboro fire victims

By CHRIS MAYS / Reformer Staff

POSTED:   12/05/2013 03:00:00 AM EST| UPDATED:   A DAY AGO

Chris Mays/Reformer This is all that remains after a fire in Wardsboro.

WARDSBORO — The Bills family lost everything in a fire last month.

It had been the second time their home burned down in the same location on Dump Road in Wardsboro.

“They’re all in need,” said Jaca Hughes, who works for the Abbey Group which is organizing an event to benefit the family.

On Dec. 6, there will be a spaghetti dinner that will also include salads, dinner rolls, coffee, lemonade and dessert. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Wardsboro Town Hall, where donations will be accepted.

June Mylott, who lived in the home with her boyfriend Eugene Bills, told the Reformer that the one-story house had six bedrooms and was rebuilt after their house on the same lot burned down eight years ago.

The family currently needs clothing for children and men after the fire that occurred on Nov. 21 left them displaced.

The Abbey Group provides lunch services for 250 schools in Vermont, including Wardsboro Elementary School where three of the children affected by the fire attend.

The Windham County division of the Abbey Group has also held other fundraisers for the community. One event held after Tropical Storm Irene raised over $7,000 while another benefited a family whose home had also burned down.

“The intention is so that all the money goes to whoever is in need,” said Hughes. “Everything is homemade and made from scratch.”

Besides the children at the elementary school, there were two other small children who lived in the house.

“We’re stepping in and paying for the food and materials, so that 100 percent of the proceeds can go to the family,” said Hughes.

From Wednesday through Friday, volunteers will be setting up for the dinner. Members of the Wardsboro Yoked Parish will also be assisting with Hughes and Jessica Mowrey, of the Abbey Group.

If anyone is interested in volunteering or donating, contact Hughes at the Jamaica Village School at 802-874-4822.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.