The recipe for charity

Women of the West Albany Italian Benevolent Society cookbook massive hit

— Gloria Clark, a member of West Albany Italian Benevolent Society’s Auxiliary Group, was with Louise Donato, president of the group, and said to her, “We’ve never done a cookbook. Why?”

Immediately, Donato looked at Clark and asked her if she wanted to head a committee to create the cookbook. After a year, the result has been published and the proceeds are on their way to helping the various causes the society looks to.

“We do fundraiser and we help people,” Clark said. “There are endless things we give to, so we felt it would be a good way to raise money for the auxiliary and give money to these people and the other girls agreed.”

The cookbook is out of stock now, with 800 books sold to members of the Christ Our Light Catholic Church and members of the outside community. Clark said the women collected over 300 recipes for the book. The process for collecting all of the recipes was a long and tedious one, but Clark said it was a great experience.

The women asked for people to send in recipes to add to the collections they already had. After they received all of the recipes, they had to go through them and pick out ones they wanted to put in the book. Clark said she was tasked with proofreading all of the recipes before the book was sent to the publisher because she didn’t want to submit a recipe with the wrong information.

“We were proofreading because you have to make sure it didn’t come up as a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon,” she said. “I’m a good cook and know how to read recipes and what kind of ingredients go into recipes. I would sometimes go back to the person who submitted the recipe and they’ll know if they’ve written down something wrong.”

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