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A while back i posted THIS blog about my friends who's restaurant burned down the day after Christmas.  Today was the benefit sponsored by about a half-dozen businesses in the community...mostly their "competition".  The other restaurant owners came together to put this enormous event in action in less than one month!

When we arrived at the venue, we were astounded at the number of cars and even more amazing was the people we saw as we entered the benefit:

People as far as the eye could see!

Along the perimeter of the room were tables FILLED with raffle prizes.  There was no less than $15,000 in gift certificates, tangible goods, services, etc.  On the silent auction table were wonderful, rare and beautiful items.  Just before i stepped up, the sister-in-law of the restaurant owners committed to $500 for the NFL football signed by Joe Montana!

The food was delicious, offering pasta, chicken, roast beef, potatoes, salad, rolls.  Wine, beer, soda and water were available for a $1 donation.

Many, many more people continued to arrive long after the 3,000 pre-printed entry tickets were sold ($10 each).  Every 15 minutes, 5 names were drawn for door prizes valued at $25 or more.  50-50 raffle tickets were being sold all around.

There was an acoustic duo playing from 2-4, the “world renowned” Sgro Brothers performed from 4-6 (below) and a local southern-rock band played from 6-8:

I saw Joe and Corky at different times...they were inundated with well-wishers and it was impossible to have a conversation with either.

The organizers were hoping to raise $50,000 from this event.  From what i saw, i don’t think that is going to be a problem!

What an amazing feeling i had through the entire event.  The community came together in grand style to be sure that the Sorge’s knew how we all feel about them, their restaurant, their family and their legacy.

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