It was a delicious fundraising event on Tuesday at the third annual “Evening for Education” in support of the John Eliot K-8 School in the North End. The Mendoza family welcomed parents, neighbors and friends to a special wine pairing dinner at their restaurant, Vinoteca di Monica on Richmond Street. Hosting the November 13, 2012 event were Eliot School parents and North End residents, Jorge and Karen Mendoza.
Adding to the festivities at Monica’s were special guests, Milan Lucic and Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins. Traci Walker Griffith, Principal of the Eliot School, attended along with several teachers and staff members. Bud Ris, a North End resident and President of the New England Aquarium, was there along with the heads of two neighborhood groups, NEWNC President Stephen Passacantilli and NEWRA President Jim Salini. State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz also stopped by to show his support.
The annual dinner is in its third year, raising about $20,000 each time for the Family Council 501c(3) that supports the educational activities at the public Eliot K-8 school on Charter Street. The K-8 school is currently expanding its classes and programs as it phases into new space at the North Bennet Street School, which is moving to North Street.
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