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Sun Times Feature Story

Annual Pasta Dinner has been moved to June


Longtime Vice Mayor Bill Julian has stepped up for his community more than anyone else who has either served in office - or lived in Hallandale Beach.

He has many causes and equally as many passions to help make the community a much better place to live, work and play. One of those passions was raising money and hosting the Annual Kiwanis Pasta Dinner.

The dinner, which is heading into its amazing 12th year, is something that Julian has long believed is the one community-based event that brings everyone together. It has indeed been his passion.

Last week, the event - scheduled for Friday, April 7, had to be moved back - when Julian suffered a massive stroke, leaving his friends and those who share that same passion, stunned and at a loss for words.

“Bill Julian is this event,” said longtime friend and fellow Kiwanian Stephen Cummings. “This man has poured his life into making everyone else’s life better - and this pasta dinner means everything to him and to the organization.”

As everyone sends their prayers to Julian for a safe recovery - those close to him - like Cummings, Jonathon Carrillo, Dr. Joe, Mayor Joy Cooper and those who had worked with Julian through the years as members of the Kiwanis Club - are hoping to continue a dream by moving the event up.

“Right now, this is a tough time for everyone,” Cummings explained. “This man has been so vital to this community - without reward or recognition for so long - we will be pushing the event back until June.”

The 12th Annual Pasta Dinner will be held on Friday evening, June 16th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mardi Gras Casino (831 North Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009. Tickets (donations) are $15 and there will be FREE valet parking.

The dinner includes: meatballs, ziti, garlic bread, salad and dessert. In addition, soda, water, coffee and a cash bar will be available.

The dinner will also feature many prizes and will directly benefit: Hallandale Elementary School, Gulfstream Middle School, the Police Athletic League of Hallandale Beach and the Hallandale Beach Kiwanis Club.

“While some people talk about what they want to do to make a difference, Bill does it and makes it happen,” said Carrillo. “Everyone respects him for all he does - and this is his signature event. Please keep him in your prayers.”

Advanced ticket sales may be purchased at the Cutural Community Center, 410 Southeast. 3rd Street, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009 - Monday through Fridays: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m