400 attend benefit for Maria Duble

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Duble benefit Charlie Pritchard/Howard Wasserman of Egg Harbor Township and Joe Duble of Hammonton serve Hamilton Township residents Michael Biglin and 12-year-old Cooper Weller.  

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Nearly 400 people turned out on a frigid evening Feb. 1 for a pasta dinner at the William Davies Middle School to benefit resident Maria Duble, 48, who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment in her fight against cancer.

“We expected about 300 people, but we have enough food prepared to serve the overflow,” school service director Bill Trackman said. “We have cooked 60 pounds of meatballs, 30 pounds of sausage and 80 pounds of pasta.”

In addition to the dinner, attendees had the opportunity to try their luck at scores of raffle and Chinese auction prizes. DJ Matt Lawler provided the entertainment.

About halfway through the event, Duble arrived in the cafeteria. Wearing a mask to minimize the risk of infection during the flu season, she was warmly greeted at the door. The crowd quieted as she and her family approached the front of the room to thank those who had come to help her and her family.

Her husband, Jon, was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.

“We can’t thank everyone enough,” he said. “It’s a very tough time in our lives, but having this type of support from friends and family helps to make it easier.”

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