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James Sapia spaghetti dinner at Shenanigan’s this Sunday

(April 10, 2015) The 15th annual James Sapia spaghetti dinner will take place at Shenanigan’s on Fourth Street and the Boardwalk on Sunday, April 12 from 4-8 p.m.

“It’s a great family event, especially for the kids, to bring everyone out to dinner,” said Downtown Association’s Administrator, Mary Ann Manganello. “It’s a good way to get everyone out to enjoy the Boardwalk and all profits made go back into the community.”

Guests will dine on all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, desserts and soft drinks.

The Ocean City Downtown Association hosts the dinner in honor of Sapia, who was the organization’s founding president and the brainchild behind having a spaghetti dinner to raise funds.

When Sapia died in 2000, the spaghetti dinner was renamed after him.

His wife and sons continue to run two restaurants in Ocean City on the Boardwalk, DaVinci’s by the Sea on 15th Street and Ocean View American Grill & Surfin’ Betty’s Beach Bar on 16th Street, Manganello said.

A silent auction will feature items such as an Orioles gift basket with autographed memorabilia, several free hotel stays, golf packages, ice skating vouchers, restaurant gift cards and coupons for free dinners.

The Downtown Association was created to serve businesses, residents and visitors to the downtown area of Ocean City. The organization raises money, hosts events and promotes programs to “enhance and improve the quality of life” for vacationers and locals.

Money raised during the James Sapia dinner goes toward events such as Light Up Downtown in December, the Drive in Disguise car parade in the fall or helps to operate the Boardwalk Information Cottage for visitors.

“It’s the first spring event for community members to come out and see each other,” Manganello said. “Everyone come out and enjoy it.”

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $7 per adult and $5 for children ages 5-10. Children 5 and younger eat for free.

For more information about the spaghetti dinner or the Downtown Association, call 410-289-1413 or visit http://downtownassociation.net.

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