Baldacci to Serve Up Spaghetti to Help Preble Street

Baldacci says he wants to help fill the financial gap created when the Catholic church pulled its funding from the program over the same sex marriage issue.
Gov. John Baldacci will be serving up some spaghetti next week in Portland to raise some money for Preble Street, a program that helps the homeless. Recently, the Catholic church withdrew more than $50,000 in funding for the program because of the agency’s support for same-sex marriage.

Baldacci says the Diocese is within its rights to withdraw the funding, but he says the organization is a "vital resource and safety net for those who need help."

"In these tough economic times, it’s more important than ever to support the efforts of Preble Street, which provides the homeless and the poor with a comprehensive array of services in the Portland area," he says in a statement.

The spaghetti supper will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland.  It’s open to the public and the suggested donation is $5 per person — or whatever attendees can afford.