By Jill Ribich
A festive crowd of nearly 70 hearty souls braved the cold and wind Sunday evening to attend the annual Jimmy DiGiacomo Auction and Dinner Dance at the La Cabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns.
Proceeds from the auction benefit the Community Christmas Project, a grass-roots organization that provides food, clothing and holiday cheer to those in need throughout the Town of Middletown.Jennifer Slauson and Dorothy MaffeiFor many years the Community Christmas Project has brought comfort and cheer to families and senior citizens in Middletown. It is their goal that not one child in the area goes without warm mittens, brightly wrapped toys and a complete turkey dinner at Christmas. Volunteers work year-round to raise money, purchase gifts and food, wrap and deliver the items, and seek out the people to whom these items will be distributed.