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Restauranteur Raises Funds For Friends Of Karen After Son Battles Cancer

Fortunato, Filomena and Joseph Multari
Fortunato, Filomena and Joseph Multari Photo Credit: Sam Barron

SOMERS, N.Y. -- Mamma Rosa Ristorante in Somers will host its fourth annual Italian Dinner Party on Monday, Oct. 17, to benefit Friends of Karen -- an organization that helped the owners through a tribulation of their own.

This event is held each year by Filomena and Fortunato Multari, the restaurant's owners, as a thank-you to Friends of Karen, which provided support when their son Joseph underwent treatment for cancer for over three years.

The organization is a lifeline of support for families in the tri-state area who are caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness.

"In Italian, 'abbondanza' means plentiful, abundant, over-the-top profusion -- and that's what you'll enjoy at this delicious and lovingly prepared dinner," organizers note.

The evening's event will include a three-course dinner, wine and soda, and a raffle. Tickets are $100, and reservations are required, as seating is limited.

To RSVP, click here or contact event coordinator Gwen Salmo at 914-617-4051 or If you cannot attend but would like to donate -- or honor a loved one -- you can also do so at that link.

The dinner will run from 6:30-9 p.m. Mamma Rosa Ristorante is located at 252 Route 100.

For more information about Friends of Karen, visit its website or Facebook page.

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