OVILLA – Next week, the Ovilla Service League will again hold its annual spaghetti dinner benefit, this year to raise money for the Ovilla Police Department.  

“The funds raised go toward non-budgetary needs that the department has,” service league member Donna Hunt said. 

“The funds that will be raised for the police department this year are not earmarked,” Police Chief Mike Moon said. “In the past we have used these donations to buy laptop computers, Tazers, shotguns, paint a squad car and many other things. The police department uses these funds to purchase things that are needed that are not covered in the city budget.”

Last year, the service league raised roughly $4,800, which went to the fire department. Hunt said Fire Chief Donnie Pickard used those funds to provide an awards dinner for his volunteers.

“Many of our fire department members are volunteers who provide their services without pay,” Hunt said. “The dinner is one way to recognize them and let them know how much they are appreciated.”

This year’s goal is to have at least 200 in attendance at the fundraiser, with Hunt hoping the service league raises $5,000.

Serving spaghetti, salad and vegetables, desserts and coffee will also be available for purchase and there will be live and silent auctions and a cakewalk. Items in the live auction include an opportunity to take a one-on-one firearm lesson at a firing range with Moon, a firearms instructor. The department is also offering a ride-along with a police officer or the chance to ride in the Heritage Day parade in September in the police golf cart with Moon. A hand-crocheted afghan has been made and donated by one of the service league members and former council member Jo Ann Graham has again donated her baked pie-a-month auction item.

“The ladies of the Ovilla Service League are the greatest bunch of ladies I have ever had the privilege to meet or work with,” Moon said. “Their sole purpose is to give of themselves in order to make their town a better place. When I tell police chiefs in other cities about the service league and what they do for our town and especially for the police department, most of them think I am making it up. We are all very grateful to these wonderful ladies.”

The Ovilla Service League annual benefit is slated for 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Ovilla Road Baptist Church, 3251 Ovilla Road. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children younger than 12. Tickets are available at City Hall, the Ovilla Police Department or from any member of the service league.