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Dinner boosts police fund

Posted: Monday, Feb 18th, 2013

Watsonville Police Cadet Lizzet Diaz works with other cadets in serving dinner during An Evening in Italy, a fundraiser for the Watsonville Police Assistance Fund, Saturday. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — “Buon appettito,” Italian for “enjoy your meal,” was the refrain of the night Saturday at An Evening in Italy, a fundraiser for Watsonville Police Assistance Fund.

Guests were welcomed on a red carpet and treated right away to piping hot slices of Tuscan-style, thin crust pizzas fresh out of the oven. Rico Felice, Julie Hayes and Reese Corgiat kept a constant flow of the pizzas coming from a portable wood-burning oven courtesy of Mugnaini’s Imports of Watsonville. The business, along with a wealth of other local businesses, came forward with donated goods and services for the event that raised more than $10,000.

Held on the top floor of the Civic Plaza building, the event was staffed by a team of more than 40 volunteers and 18 Watsonville Police Cadets. During a brief auction, volunteers served a gourmet meal of Italian favorites with a backdrop of live music to more than 140 attendees at the second annual event.

Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano, who helped emcee the event, said funds raised help fuel numerous programs at the department including the cadet program, the K9 program, violence prevention and college scholarships.

“We’re so thankful for all the folks that came forward to pitch in and make this a success,” Solano said. “It’s not only a great cause, it is also a great opportunity to kick back and celebrate our successes and socialize with our community.”

For the complete article see the 02-19-2013 issue.

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