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Without your help, I cannot fulfill my dream. Will you help me get to the Italian Culinary Academy?

     Restaurants and all things culinary are in my blood. My maternal grandfather, an Italian immigrant, owned a restaurant for 38 years. My dad and mom once owned an Italian trattoria and a sports bar. They taught me what passion is.

     Most importantly, I inherited their work ethic and focus in a business that demands the best you can be every moment. I learned that this wonderfully challenging exciting business is where I want to be, where I am destined to be. I work hard, I don’t blink at endless hours, my goal is clear.

     I completed my 4-year degree at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ this May. My next step is the Italian Culinary Academy.

My family has suffered severe hardship in the last 3 years. My mom became ill with a still-undiagnosed illness and we almost lost her. Insurmountable medical bills led to our losing our home, our restaurant, and our cars but we persevered in the way only a close, loving family can. All this made it very difficult to complete University, but we have accomplished this. There is nothing my parents won’t do for me, and there is nothing I will not do for them.  But, there is no money, and no possibility of loans left.

I worked my way through college, spending summers and weekends working at private and corporate restaurants and country clubs.  I have spent years cooking for my friends and family, and let's face it, when you are in college the best trade in the world is cooking for someone so they will do your laundry!

I set up a website for people interested in donating money, and the site shows what the expenses at the Academy are, so everyone knows exactly where their money is going.  Please visit:


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