Breeders' Cup-winning owner and trainer Carlo Vaccarezza, whose sons Nick and Mike survived the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Feb 14, will hold a fundraiser for the families of the victims Sunday, Feb. 25, at his restaurant in Boca Raton.
The “Parkland Strong” fundraiser will take place between 2-9 p.m.
Nick, an 18-year-old senior, and Mike, a 16-year-old sophomore, were in separate buildings when the shootings occurred. Both were able to locate one another and avoid harm. Seventeen students and staff were killed.
Carlo Vaccarezza said checks can be made out to His Place Ministries, which for years has offered assistance and spiritual guidance to Gulfstream Park backstretch employees. Chaplain Tom LaPointe is head of His Place Ministries, a 501c3 charity. Checks can be brought to the fundraiser or mailed to Frank and Dino's at 39 SE 1st Avenue, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Donations can also be made by calling Frank and Dino's at 561.218.4636.
“The money raised will go to the Stoneman Douglas families. We also hope to build a permanent memorial to honor the people lost,” said Vaccarezza. “We want these kids to be remembered forever.”
Vaccarezza said 100 percent of the proceeds from the fund-raiser will go toward Stoneman Douglas. He and Frank and Dino's co-owner John Williams are donating food and drink throughout the day for those attending.
Vaccarezza and Williams have hosted previous fundraisers at Frank and Dino's for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and earlier this year for Houston flood victims.
Nick spoke to Gulfstream Park's host and analyst Acacia Courtney about the shootings and the fundraiser.
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