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BVT Announces Change to Charity Dinner and Spring 2018 Schedule

Jan 02, 2018 09:55AM ● By Pamela Johnson

SkillsUSA Chapter Takes Over Monthly Friends of Rachel Dinners

UPTON – For the past seven years, the Blackstone Valley Tech Friends of Rachel Club and Culinary Arts program teamed up to host monthly fundraising dinners to benefit several charitable organizations and causes. Beginning in January, the Culinary Arts program will have a new partner in the BVT SkillsUSA chapter as the Friends of Rachel Club steps away from the monthly charity dinners.
“We’ve developed a familial relationship with many of the community members who attend our monthly dinners over the past few years,” said Dawn Dubois, Culinary Arts Instructor and Friends of Rachel Advisor. “I’ve really enjoyed hosting the dinners, but I wanted to pass the baton to the members of the SkillsUSA chapter who are eager to make their mark on the event and serve the community.”
The December dinner acted as the end of one era and the beginning of the next as the Friends of Rachel Club distributed gift boxes of holiday cookies to guests to thank them for their support, and the members of the SkillsUSA chapter introduced themselves to the nearly 70 regular monthly dinner guests.
“The great thing about these dinners is it gives the kids an opportunity to do community service, share their talents, and bond with members of the community,” Dubois said.
The dinners will continue to be held at the Three Seasons Restaurant, located on the BVT campus at 65 Pleasant Street in Upton, and serve as charity fundraising events and opportunities for students to give back to the community and causes near to their heart.
Each all-you-can-eat dinner is held on a Thursday evening and consists of a themed buffet, dessert, and beverage. The following dates and themes have been selected for the spring 2018 series:
January 25 – Roasted Pork
February 15 – Roasted Chicken
March 15 - Meatloaf     
April 15 – Baked Fish
May 10 – Porketta         
Proceeds will benefit the Be Like Brit Foundation, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, and the BVT SkillsUSA Chapter.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Dinner seatings are scheduled for 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. Seats are limited and reservations are required. Contact Kathleen Manoogian at 508-529-7758 ext. 3109 or via email to [email protected] to book your reservation.
Originally known as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA), SkillsUSA was founded in 1965. It is a national organization that supports career and technical education. Students compete at the district state, and national level in their technical areas and leadership events.
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of vigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills. The school’s website is




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