On Saturday November 7, we continued the tradition of our annual Athletic Booster Club Ray Ratto Sr. Pasta Dinner! Every year we gather as a community to remember the late Ray Ratto Sr. and raise money for two $500 scholarship checks awarded to graduating seniors at the end of the year.
Ray was born and raised in Alameda. He was a lifelong farmer and part of the 100+ year-old family business, Ratto Bros., which is still in existence today. In his earlier years, Ray volunteered with the Boy Scouts and was a member of St. Joseph High School's school board.
Ray truly embraced the community of St. Joseph's as an usher and active parishioner. More than anything, Ray cherished his family and friends. He was a loving, caring, generous and wonderful man with a welcoming heart. He always had a positive outlook on life, told a story with a twinkle in his eye and had a great sense of humor. He loved farming, traveling and he loved the Spaghetti Dinner!
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we were unable to dine together, instead we took the tradition and made it virtual! We had over 100 members of our community participate in this virtual event and put their cooking skills to work by making a delicious pasta dinner with their “Take & Make” pasta kit provided by C’era Una Volta.
Thank you to everyone who purchased a kit in support of our athletic program and the Ray Ratto Sr. Scholarship. Special thank you to our SJND athletic booster board members for making this event possible: Brenda Robins, Andy MacKay, Victor Republicano, Gia Degrano, Nora Garcia, Andre Cinco, Susan McCue. Thank you to SJND athletic coordinator, Jessica de Mesa for working closely with SJND alumna Des Harris to put together the excellent program video. Go Pilots!