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Schenectady Loves Italy fundraiser raises $17k

Schenectady Loves Italy fundraiser raises $17k

The Schenectady Loves Italy fundraiser on Sept. 1 raised over $17,000 to be donated to the Italian R
Schenectady Loves Italy fundraiser raises $17k
The line was long at Johnny's Restaurant as hundreds turned out for Schenectady Loves Italy A Pasta Fund Raiser on State Street where several restaurants prepared samplings of food September 1.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

On Aug. 24, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy, with damage centered in the mountain town of Amatrice. Proctors, recognizing the strong Italian American population in the city and the region, responded by reaching out to other businesses in the community and staging a Schenectady Loves Italy fundraiser on Sept. 1.

Proctors joined with the City of Schenectady, The Daily Gazette, DeCrescente Distributing, Mazzone Hospitality, Mallozzi’s and Perreca’s to serve pasta — Amatriciana-style, of course — and beverages, on State Street, all available for $5 tickets, while Schenectady-based Fundabilities accepted donations online.

The community came out to show its support for Italy, too, and the one-day campaign raised $17,255 to be donated directly to the Italian Red Cross for disaster relief.

“What fun for a great cause,” said Proctors CEO Philip Morris. “Schenectady was able to eat, drink, laugh and share stories while doing the serious work of reaching across the seas to help the devastated people of Amatrice.”

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