Posted by Liam O'Kennedy November 12, 2012 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by The Marketing Collaborative:
For the last six years, Debbie Marticio, owner of Ma Duke’s Pizza, Seafood and More, at 139 Maple Street, Danvers, has been celebrating Thanksgiving by giving. She and her husband, Mike, have been offering free holiday meals to homeless families, housebound residents, young people struggling with substance abuse at a Danvers treatment center, and those living at the Inn Transition transitional housing in Peabody.
Debbie Marticio has been making those free meals available as part of a coordinated effort among various agencies and restaurants to feed the needy during the holidays. According to Marticio, It costs between $10,000 and $11,000 to serve the free Thanksgiving meal at Ma Duke’s, and much of that comes from donations.
But this year the open-hearted offering becomes more complicated than usual. This year, because of business has been difficult for the eatery, Ma Duke's has racked up a substantial electric bill whose payment has fallen in arrears and has resulted in Danvers Electric shutting down the service. (According to the latest news from Marticio, the bill has been paid and the electricity to Ma Duke's was restored by Tuesday, Nov. 6, with the eatery opening for business on Friday, November 9.)
But despite the obstacles, Debbie Marticio is still committed to preparing 1000 plates for Thanksgiving -- only three weeks away. Doing so is her passion and her mission.
To help, All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore (formerly Calvary Episcopal Church Danvers and St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Peabody), at 46 Cherry Street, will step forward to offer a north shore spaghetti supper to raise funds to help ensure that Ma Duke's and Debbie Marticio accomplish the goal of feeding 1000 less fortunate people on Thanksgiving Day.
On Thursday, November 15, 2012, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., All Saints parishioners -- several of whom have already donated dollars in the amounts of $50 and $100 -- will join together to provide a delicious, home-cooked Italian feast of pasta, breads and salad in O'Neill Hall, at the 46 Cherry Street Church.
Admission will be $10 per person and free will donations will be gratefully accepted. All proceeds will go to the Ma Duke's Thanksgiving Meals for the Less Fortunate initiative.
Those unable to attend the event are invited to send a $10.00 donation (or more!), made out to Ma Duke's, with the note section of the check indicating "donation for Ma Duke’s Free Thanksgiving dinners."
For more information please call All Saints at 978-774-1150.