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Sept. 25, 2007

Public invited to women's center annual spaghetti dinner Oct. 5

The University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) will hold its Annual Spaghetti Dinner from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N. Johnson Street, at the corner of Johnson and Bloomington streets in Iowa City. The sponsor for this year's fund-raising dinner is ZIO Johno's Spaghetti House, which has catered the event each year since its inception.

"ZIO Johno's financial sponsorship is a big boost toward our $7,000 fundraising goal," said WRAC Director Monique DiCarlo. "The dinner helps fund the center's important services such as support groups, counseling, activist training programs and educational workshops."

The dinner menu includes spaghetti with vegetarian sauce, bread, salad and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Included with a dinner ticket is a chance to enter into the event's door prize drawing, which is supported by donations from more than 20 local businesses. Patrons can also bid on silent auction packages. Tickets are available for advance purchase at the center, located at 130 N. Madison Street in Iowa City, and will also be available at the door.

"This event is so much fun," said Denise Filios, WRAC Advisory Board member and an associate professor in the UI Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "We appreciate the community support and hope everyone realizes the great financial and emotional boost it gives us when they attend the event."

For more information or special accommodations to attend this event, call 319-335-1486 or visit

Founded in 1971, the Women's Resource and Action Center is one of the oldest university-based women's centers in the United States. Among its services -- available to UI students, faculty and staff, as well as the public -- are information and referral, advocacy, support and discussion groups, individual counseling, and a wide variety of educational programs including seminars, workshops, festivals and discussions. More information about the center is available on the Web at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Monique DiCarlo, WRAC, 319-335-1486,; or Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077 or