Staten Island Nonprofit to Raise Funds for Victims of Pitney Avenue Fire

By Nicholas Rizzi on April 25, 2014 6:17pm 

 The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund, with several neighborhood civic associations, will host a fundraiser dinner to raise money for the victims of the large fire earlier in April on Staten Island.
The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund, with several neighborhood civic associations, will host a fundraiser dinner to raise money for the victims of the large fire earlier in April on Staten Island.
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CHARLESTON — A nonprofit and local civic associations will host a fundraiser dinner to help the victims of a large fire on Staten Island that injured eight people and damaged seven homes.

The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund, with the Prince's Bay, Pleasant Plains and Richmond Valley civic associations will host a buffet dinner on Monday, April 28, to help victims of the large Pitney Avenue fire.

"These families need our help,” said Massimo DiDonna, president of the Bini Memorial Fund in a statement.

“Our mission as an organization is to provide assistance in times of need, and now we are asking the community to step up as well and help their fellow Staten Islanders get back on their feet after this tragedy.”

On April 11, nearly 140 firefighters responded to a fire that started at 106 Pitney Ave. and scorched seven of the attached homes, fire officials said at the scene.

Seven firefighters suffered minor injuries in the blaze and one resident refused medical attention, and all the homes received significant damages, the FDNY said.

After the blaze, the Bini Fund gave $500 to five families who had homes damaged in the fire, and all proceeds from Monday's event will be evenly distributed to all families impacted by the fire, DiDonna said.

The event will be on Monday, April 28, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Z-Two Restaurant on 2925 Veterans Road West. Tickets are $45 for adults, $15 for children 13 and under.

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