The Joe Leone’s L’Aquila Earthquake Relief Fund is born...
Dear Friends of Joe Leone’s,
Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of how proud and thankful I am to be an American Italian with a heritage so rich in family roots and fortunate to live in this great country of ours. Thank you for your loyalty to Joe Leone’s: founded on the passion for culinary excellence and superior customer service.
As you may recall, on April 6th 2009, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck L’Aquila, Italy. Over 11,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed, over 60,000 people were left homeless and 308 people died…20 of them children.
Volunteers and myself went to Italy in the recovery efforts, bringing desperately needed supplies for the L’Aquila victims living in the “tent cities”. I spent the next year of my life traveling across the United States, raising funds for the victims. On one of my many return visits to L’Aquila, the idea was born to rebuild a destroyed orphanage in the heart of the affected area. “The Joe Leone’s L’Aquila Earthquake Relief Fund“ was permanently established and the entire “Casa Famiglia” orphanage has been successfully rebuilt for over 36 children that reside there, lovingly cared for by the Zealous Sisters of the Sacred Heart.
I have been blessed to return to Italy often and I felt spiritually compelled to continue in assisting the region by constructing a home next to the orphanage to house and assist battered women (sometimes men) and their children.
You, too, can make a difference in the life of these children and families who are still in crisis today while commemorating your Italian Heritage. Please consider purchasing a paver to support “The Joe Leone’s L’Aquila Earthquake Relief Fund”. Each paver will be inscribed with the name of a family member born in Italy, the date they arrived in America, and the city or region they came from in Italy. In honor of our Italian heritage, the pavers are placed in the pathways encircling a special American Italian Ellis Island Dedication area in front of the Joe Leone’s Italian Specialty Store in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
I hope we can count on your help. All donations are tax deductible and will directly benefit “The Joe Leone’s L’Aquila Earthquake Relief Fund”.
Grazie for your support!
Joseph Leone Introna