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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cafe Vivace pitches in to help Vets, YMCA shelter

A favorite Plainfield watering-hole pitches in at the Holidays.

Frank Pascale, ten-year owner of Cafe Vivace and Plainfield resident, pitches in once again this year to provide a Thanksgiving Dinner for vets and their families and to raise funds for the YMCA's shelter program. And you can, too!

As he has done for the last four years, the owner of the popular watering-hole, is offering a full Thanksgiving dinner -- from appetizer to choice of pies -- for U.S. military veterans from Plainfield and their immediate families.

Dinner is served Thanksgiving Day at 2:00 PM. Those wishing to attend should reserve seats in advance (seating is limited) by calling the restaurant at (908) 753-4500.

While the meal is prepared by the restaurant's kitchen staff, service is traditionally done by volunteers. If you are interested in helping to serve dinners as a way of thanking our veterans for their service, please call Cafe Vivace at (908) 753-4500 to get instructions on how you can help.
Besides wearing his chef's toque and hosting the most convivial (and politically diverse) bar in the Queen City, owner Frank Pascale sits on the board of the Plainfield Area YMCA.

As both a restaurateur and a YMCA supporter, Frank is keenly aware that folks have an urge to help spread cheer during the holiday season by donating food, clothing and gifts for youngsters.

But he is also aware it is time when organizations such as the YMCA are in need of cash donations to help spread the availability of their services over the rest of the year, when folks are not necessarily as sharply aware of the need for financial support.

So, while the spirit of generosity is upon you, now would be a goodd time to consider a monetary donation to the Plainfield Area YMCA, allowing it to extend is continued support to shelter residents throughout the year.

'These homeless families and adults need meals every day of the year,' YMCA President and CEO Ravenell Williams says, 'and monetary donations are more important to our being able to offer services throughout the year than donated turkeys or hams during a particular time of the year'.

Checks made payable to the 'Plainfield Area YMCA' can be dropped off when you're hoisting one for the Holidays or mailed to Cafe Vivace, Attn: Frank Pascale, 1370 South Avenue (07062) or to the Plainfield Area YMCA, Attn: Ravenell Willims, CEO, 518 Watchung Avenue (07060).

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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