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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 3, 2012 Page 5 Wounded Warrior Project Fundraiser A Success at Lucia's Ristorante It was a big night for fundraising in the North End to support the Wounded War- rior Project, where friends and neighbors gathered at Lucia's on Hanover Street on behalf of three soldiers cur- rently deployed in Afghani- stan. Ricky Scimeca from the North End, along with friends Robert McCarthy, Justin Santoro and David McGrath are "rucking" the Boston Marathon upon their return from the war in March 2012 to raise aware- ness and money for the Wounded Warrior Project. WWP provides unique, di- rect programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. The night was a huge success, raising over $25,000 for the cause. Congratulations to all in- volved in putting on the suc- cessful fundraiser! Leading the charge was Olivia Scimeca who re- counts the efforts of many, many people: I am overwhelmed by the love and support and gener- osity of my friends, family, community and total strang- ers! Donato Frattaroli and Annmarie Wilcox did an amazing job -- Donato gave up his restaurant for the night to host this event. The spread of food Donato gave us was unbelievable! Mike's Pastry gave so much pastry, LuLu's Sweet Shoppe gave delicious cup cakes and Bova's gave cookies. Street Magic was fabulous! What a night -- thanks to George Hadaya for moving all the furniture in and out of Lucia's and setting up all the tables, thanks to Rich MacDonald for helping take all the prizes to Lucia's, Berna DiNunzio and Tina for picking up the pastry, Roseann Matarazzo Romano for doing just about every- thing from selling raffles to collecting prizes, posting on Facebook and driving me around, Maria Peary for help- ing making this event pos- sible (I couldn't have done it without you Maria). Joyce Papa Amoroso for generously donated the Bruins Prizes, bags, picture, etc., selling raffles and just helping co- ordinating. John Romano for helping to sell raffles. Melissa Gibbons for helping me organize all of the prizes for the Mystery Envelope raffle. Angela Mantone for the Silent Auction table and Julie Bonnetti for the Bruins Raffle Table, Deb DeCristofaro for working the prize table all night long. Adele Cataldo for bagging all of the wine prizes. Kathy Carangelo for all of the let- ters, flyers, beautiful posters, gift certificates. So many people helped -- the busi- nesses thank you so much for your generosity. I hope I didn't miss anyone -- thank you -- words cannot express how grateful I am. Thank you to Sheila McCarthy and Robert and Quiana Blair for sharing this night with me. I was so happy to meet the families f my son's friends. by Matt Conti