Spaghetti Dinner Fund-raiser Raises More Than $3,000 to Help Children

October 31, 2002

The Budda Foundation of America, a civic-minded group comprised of 25 local businessmen, raised more than $3,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong by holding a spaghetti dinner. More than 400 people attended the fund-raiser, which was held Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Diplomat Banquet Center in Gates.

“Our success was a result of community support,” says John Nitsche, a founding member of the Budda Foundation of America. “Everything we do is for the kids.”

Unique to Rochester, the Budda Foundation of America was created more than 10 years ago by a group of friends that wanted to help children in their community. Each member helps the organization in his own way. For instance, Louis Polizzi, owner of the Diplomat Banquet Center and a longtime member of the Budda Foundation of America, donated the use of his facility for the spaghetti dinner.

Traditionally, the group raises money to support the needs of an individual child, but members tried something different this year. “We thought that donating money to Golisano Children’s Hospital would be a way for us to spread the money among many children who could benefit,” Nitsche says.

Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong is the Rochester region’s only hospital devoted solely to the care of children. With more than 120 beds, it offers specialized care to thousands of infants, children, and adolescents each year. For more information about how you can help Golisano Children’s Hospital, call 585-273-5948.

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