I am reminded of the episode of "I Love Lucy" where Lucy and Ethel decide to make some money by making up a charity and holding a raffle to benefit it. After they've done the work and collected the money, Ricky and Fred find out, tell them they've committed fraud, and they're in deep trouble with the law. (I think the cops were there.). They are saved at the eleventh hour when a representative of the organization, which turns out to have existed after all, swoops in and takes the check.
Whatever you decide to do, have bread with the spaghetti. Good luck.