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Pasta for a cause
Spaghetti-A-Thon set for Saturday
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Ellie Sexton waits for her spaghetti to arrive at last year's event. - photo by File photo
If you’re going

The 17th annual Spaghetti-A-Thon is set for 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Norman’s Landing restaurant on Peachtree Parkway, off Exit 13 (click for map) at Ga. 400. Plates are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Organizers of an annual spaghetti fundraiser are setting the table for a big feast to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The 17th annual Spaghetti-A-Thon runs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Norman’s Landing restaurant.

Along with heaping plates of pasta, there will be live music, inflatables, pony rides, a silent auction and hook-and-ladder fire trucks.

Restaurant owner Bill Norman said the event is “fun for the whole family.”

Norman said the fundraiser, which has raised $127,000 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, generally brings out about 200 people.

The spaghetti, he said, is “unbelievable ... you’ve got to try it. It’s absolutely great spaghetti.”

Spaghetti chef Alan Sexton is the secret behind the sauce.

“Al’s got it going,” Norman said. “He can make some serious spaghetti sauce.”

The event honors the memory of Sexton’s late son, Patrick, who died in a motorcycle accident on his 19th birthday.

Patrick Sexton told his father that a spaghetti fundraiser would be a good way to raise money for sick children about one year before his death.

Sexton has honored his son’s wishes for the past 17 years, making as much as 14 gallons of spaghetti sauce at each event.