Following the devastating earthquake last month in Amatrice, Italy, the Italian community in Philadelphia organized a charity benefit wine event at La Gran L’ Aquila restaurant.
Approximately 50 people were in attendance Monday as the event kicked off. Tickets went for $125 per person, and donations were accepted as well. Attendees of the event received a four course meal paired with wine, sweet gelato, and award winning Italian coffee.
One hundred percent of the proceeds are being given to the Amatrice Government Disaster Relief efforts in Amatrice, Italy to restore the city and help victims of the earthquake. The natural disaster took 292 lives and injured many. Seven years ago, a similar earthquake destroyed La Gran L’ Aquila restaurant, which at the time was located in Amatrice, Italy. The owners of the restaurant, Maestro Stefano Biasini Michele Morelli, have since relocated to Philadelphia.
The charity benefit raised over $11,000 for Amatrice so far. You can find more information on how you can donate to this cause here.