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LaVerne Combo Community Dinner starts Tuesday in Butte

Posted at 9:15 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 23:15:24-05

BUTTE - For almost 20 years, Peggy Boyle has been organizing Butte Central’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner. How does she do it?

“Catholic guilt won’t let you let go of it,” said event organizer Peggy Boyle.

The annual dinner was first started in 1972 by the late Laverne Combo. It was Combo’s dying wish to Peggy Boyle in 2000 to continue the event.

“When she was in the hospital and dying that I would continue doing and not to let anything stop it,” said Boyle.

And it continues. This week students and volunteers are expected to feed hundreds of people in the school gymnasium and deliver about 400 meals to the homebound. It’s all about the school’s mission of putting faith in action.

“How we should treat each other, what we should for those who may be a little less fortunate than ourselves. And our kids here at Butte Central set the example,” said Principal J.P. Williams.

With more than 30 turkeys donated for this event, you can imagine, it takes a lot of work and effort, but Peggy believes LaVerne would be proud of how this tradition is carried on.

“I hope she’s proud that we’ve continued the tradition, you know, I’ve never had any bad dreams with her, so I think we’re ok,” said Boyle.

The meal begins Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Butte Central gymnasium.