Once a Coastie, always in the family

Cordova spaghetti dinner for former Coastie

CORDOVA, Alaska - Seaman Ryan Kimmel, Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Joe Juliano, and Seaman Austin Burnett enjoy their spaghetti dinner knowing the proceeds are going to a great cause. The dinner raised over $6,000 for the Groves' family. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore.

Sycamore’s crew turned out en mass Thursday night for a fundraising dinner at the Cordova, Alaska, Firehouse to support a former Coastie in need. MK1 Jason Groves served aboard Sycamore‚Äôs predecessor, Coast Guard Cutter Sweetbriar for two tours before retiring with his family to Cordova in 2003. Last week, he and his family suffered a great loss when their home caught fire. Most of their belongings were damaged or destroyed. Fortunately, Cordova is a place where everyone is a neighbor and everyone pitches in when there is a loss like this. The dinner, sponsored by the Cordova Volunteer Firefighters, was a collaboration of donations from all over town. Businesses contributed items for a silent auction, individuals donated food items for the serving line, the Coast Guard Spouses Association baked cakes for dessert, and the Sycamore crew came out with big hearts and ready appetites. The effort raised over $6,000 and gathered donations of clothing and household goods for the Groves family to start rebuilding their lives.

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