Talbot Mentors recently treated the students in its program and their mentors to an evening of pizza and a movie, with some help from a local business and church.
The event featured a showing of the movie, The Blind Side, at the Presbyterian Church of Easton, where mentors and mentees also were able to make their own pizzas. “The church has graciously allowed us to use its kitchen many times,” said Executive Director Diana Trams, thanking them for making the facility available for the evening.
Initially, the Talbot Mentors staff was to make the pizza dough, until more than 25 people signed up for the event. “We didn’t anticipate what an overwhelming response we would get,” Trams explained. “We knew we needed help.”
Trams turned to Lennie Giuffrida and Wayne Livelsberger of Giuffrida’s Pizza. A family business since 1994, Guiffrida noted that they have always been very community oriented and never hesitate to help when needed. In this case, they readily supplied thirty dough balls so the kids could enjoy making and eating pizzas of their own.
The support from Giuffrida’s made the evening a great success according to Trams. For many mentees and mentors, it was their first time creating their own pizza. “We were tickled that everything went well,” said Livelsberger, happy to provide the help.
Movie Night was one of many events Talbot Mentors holds throughout the year in support of the mentoring relationships. The activities provide students with fun outings with their mentors, along with providing mentors with opportunities to meet with other volunteers in the program.