BALDWIN — The hall of VFW No. 5315 was packed with people who came out to enjoy a homemade meal and support the Pathfinder Community Library.

More than 170 dinners were served in just over an hour and a total of $3,800 was raised.

Grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans, rolls and strawberry shortcake were served to guests, and within less than two hours, the food ran out.

Bonnie Povilaitis, Pathfinder library director, was overwhelmed with all the support. She thanked everyone for coming.

“Thank you for coming out. You all make it so special to live in Lake County,” she said to guests. “The volunteers, members of the community and local businesses really pulled together to make this a success.”

Other libraries were represented at the event as well, said Povilaitis, including Evart Public Library, Luther Area Public Library and Chase Township Public Library.

There was a silent auction, a silver dollar grab bag, and free books and magazines were available for attendees to take home.

Matthew Byrd, a recent Baldwin graduate who has been working at the library for the summer, helped with the meal.

“It was really nice seeing all the people at the fundraiser today,” he said. “They got something good to eat and were able to help out the library.”

Sharon Wolfe, another staff member at Pathfinder Library, said this was probably the biggest turnout the library has had for their annual dinner fundraiser.