RUMFORD — A spaghetti dinner and dance benefit will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Rumford Fraternal Order of Eagles to help raise money for a resident undergoing cancer treatments.

Sheila Delamater said Thursday morning that her brother, Vito Coulombe, was diagnosed with cancer in August 2013.

Describing him as an “avid fisherman and hunter” and “an incredible mason,” Delamater said that she has spent the past month attempting to organize a benefit for her brother, something she has never done before.

“I’m sort of shooting from the hip with this,” Delamater said. “I still have a lot to do, but I have my brother, Michael, helping me, and a lot of people from the community have been helping out. I’ve also put out about 40 fliers throughout the community to spread the word.”

Delamater said that Vito is awaiting surgery and has been fighting for several months to get healthier.

“He’s been fighting, but it’s been tough,” Delamater said. “Right before the holidays, we almost lost him. He had a fever of 104. Right now, he’s waiting to get a date for his surgery.”


The price of admission will be $7 for adults, while children ages 5 and under will be able to get in for $3.

A spaghetti dinner cooked by Raejean Coulombe will be available, according to Delamater.

“Raejean is my brother Michael’s wife, and she’s the kitchen manager of Towle’s Corner Store in Dixfield,” Delamater said. “It ended up working very well.”

Delamater added that she’s had several people stepping forward and offering to bake cookies for a cookie sale that she’ll be holding the night of the benefit.

“I had people messaging me on Facebook, asking what they can do to help,” Delamater said. “I told them that anybody who’s not a vendor can bake cookies for me. I’ve had a lot of people who said they will do it, but I won’t know until the night of the benefit. I’m hoping and praying that we’ll have enough.”

Entertainment will be provided in the form of DJ Frosty Fever, also known as Kevin Frost.


“Kevin lives in the Oxford Hills region now, but he used to live in Rumford,” Delamater said. “His wife works with my daughter, so that was how I first found out about him.”

In addition to the dinner and music, Delamater said there will be a silent auction held throughout the evening, where “many vendors have stepped up and donated some good items.”

“There’s a cord of wood, donated by Clayton Miller, a full auto detail and all sorts of other items,” Delamater said.

For more information or to make a donation, call Delamater at 212-7405 or Michael Coulombe at 212-1601.

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