Abraham House seeks young poets, meatball makers (and eaters)

Children ages 5­12 to create a poem about meatballs, meatball makers and meatball eaters are being sought by Abraham House, 1203 Kemble St., Utica.

The Abraham House’s mission is to provide a secure and loving home without charge to the terminally ill. For information call 733-8210.

It’s fund-raiser, March Meatball Madness, will be held on Sunday, March 4 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Blue Flag Room of Hotel Utica, 102 Lafayette St., Utica.

Six young poetry winners will be chosen to participate in the kid judges’ panel for March Meatball Madness. The poem about meatballs must be no longer than eight lines. The six winners will receive four complimentary tickets to March Meatball Madness, a March Meatball Madness T-Shirt and a Meatball Madness game. Children must send or drop off their poems by Friday, Feb. 10 to Abraham House at 1203 Kemble St., Utica, NY 13501. On the back of their poem, the children need to include their name, school, telephone number and age. Winners will be notified by Feb. 16.

Abraham House also has an open call out to restaurants who may want to participate in March Meatball Madness. There are four trophies to be won along with bragging rights to having the "Best of the Best Meatballs in the Mohawk Valley." For information, call the Abraham House at 733-8210.

This year it’s first Meatball Eating Contest is being added to March Meatball Madness for those 18 and older at 2 p.m. Winners will receive $200, a winner’s T-Shirt and bragging rights. Contest applicants must also submit $100 in pledges to sponsor themselves as a contestant. Applications and pledge forms are available at Abraham House, on www.theabrahamhouse.org or via e-mail to info@theabrahamhouse.org.