Local Celebrities and Restaurants Support “Buona Sera” Fundraiser for ABCD Center

Pat Moscaritolo, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Johannah Malone, fundraising specialist for the service center; Bianca de la Garza; North End’s Jess K. Williams; and Lia Tota, director of the North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center. (Photo: Meghan Moore/MegPix)

Local celebrities and government officials joined with representatives from Action for Boston Community Development for the recent fundraiser “Buona Sera: An Evening with Friends.”

The fundraiser took place June 7 at the State Room, on the 33rd floor of 60 State St., next to Faneuil Hall. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit ABCD’s North End/West End Service Center, founded in 1964 to serve low-income residents of those downtown neighborhoods. Many of those the center supports are elderly and have fixed incomes and limited formal education.

The event began with a wine reception hosted by Bianca de la Garza, anchor of WCVB’s EyeOpener newscast. The evening also included a four-course meal featuring dishes from more than 15 different North End restaurants.

Courtesy of the ABCD North End / West End Service Center.

Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) North End/West End
Neighborhood Service Center hosted “Buona Sera: An Evening with
Friends” fundraiser last Thursday at The State Room in Boston. (L-R):
WCVB-TV’s Bianca de la Garza; former Boston Celtics Tom ‘Satch’
Sanders; Director of ABCD’s North End/West End NSC Lia Tota; and ABCD
President/CEO John Drew at The State Room. (Meghan Moore/Megpix photo)