MINERVA Think of cream pies. Now, with that image in mind, think about fine music, large quantities of spaghetti, and tricky tray treasures. To this store of images, add a large crowd of people, and the great fun that comes with such gatherings. Sets up a pretty nice picture, doesnt it? What this all adds up to was the Dine and Dance for Scholars and Diversity benefit held on April 1, at the Minerva Fire House on State Route 28N in beautiful Minerva. Hosted by the Lucky Leprechaun of Olmstedville, this fundraiser attracted an energetic and frisky crowd interested in great food and entertainment for an excellent dual cause. The event was designed to benefit the Minerva Dollars for Scholars program as well as the Newcomb International Student Program. These programs are tied in with Minerva Central and Newcomb Central Schools, and both are truly community-based. Ann Hornbeck, representing the Dollars for Scholars program, summed up the evening this way: Its community spirit at its best. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event went directly to the two programs. But back to the images mentioned above. A pie-eating contest, complete with glorious cream pies, provided fine entertainment and an opportunity for participants to get messy while enjoying dessert. Five pies (supplied by the Lucky Leprechaun) were available, and five students from Minerva CS and Newcomb CS offered up their faces. Following a furious effort, Tim Fabin of MCS barely squeaked by with a win over Timo Bruchner of NCS, with Cheyenne Williams, Taylor Feiden, and Sam Kelly doing their best to finish. The fine music (and accompanying entertainment) was energetically provided by Mike and Vinny Leddick and Friends. From 4 - 7 p.m., the Leddicks played great music while inviting all who were interested to come up to the microphone to sing out. Mike, ever the emcee, also presented a trivia challenge that kept the crowd guessing. At one point a group of kids of varying age gathered to sing a rousing and fully appreciated Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, backed nicely by the band. While wandering around the room toward the end of the evening, this item was heard by this observer: Dang, but that Mike Leddick is the greatest. As for the spaghetti, there were indeed large quantities, along with delicious meatballs, homemade bread with honey butter, and salad all provided by the Lucky Leprechaun. Excellent deserts were contributed by members of the community, with donations graciously accepted. A tricky tray auction was also set up, again with all donations going to the two programs. Said Skip Hults, Superintendent of Newcomb Central School, Its been great, a lot of good food and good fun. The Minerva Fire House was a great venue for this event, and the organizers appreciate the fact that the community room was available for this benefit. The Minerva Dollars for Scholars Program and Newcomb International Student Program are terrific means of support for the students of the Minerva and Newcomb communities; this fundraiser and its success show how important these programs are.. As the evening wound down, and the crowd began to split up, one could hear more comments about the evening: Amazing desserts, The fundraiser went really well, and What a crowd! The Leddick band closed up the evening with one of its signature tunes: An Okie from Minervy, which was greatly appreciated by the folks in the room. Minerva Dollars for Scholars will be raffling off an Adirondack Chair at the Minerva Central School spring concert in May, and will also raffle off a Mothers Day basket in early May look for these opportunities.