Local eateries provide smorgasbord for fundraiser


The sixth annual Mozart's Holiday Fundraiser to benefit the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center is set next Thursday, Dec. 13.

Dinner, with food provided by a dozen local eateries, drinks and a silent auction will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Marian Hall at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 E. North Broadway.

Tickets are $45 per person, $85 per couple.

Anand Saha, who owns Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe with his wife, Doris, said his goal this year is to raise $20,000 during the event for the resources center.

It is money that will be welcome at the settlement house, CRC Executive Director Bill Owens said.

"We've had great support from the community since we started in 1971, but Anand and Doris have really helped us go to a new level with support from community businesses," Owens said. "We're not surprised by their support, but we really appreciate it, because it makes a difference in us being able to provide the services that we do."

In addition to Mozart's, sponsors and participants in this year's Holiday Fundraiser include: Brothers Drake Meadery and Bar, Crimson Cup, Colonial Candy Shoppe, Lavash Cafe, McCarthy's Wildflower Cafe, Nancy's Home Cooking, O'Reilly's Pub, Pattycake Bakery, Taj Mahal, Vienna Ice Cafe and Weiland's Gourmet Market.

"Obviously every year it tends to get bigger," Anand Saha said.

The first Holiday Fundraiser took place in 2007, when Mozart's still was located on Indianola Avenue. Since then, more and more restaurants have joined in and the venue has been Immaculate Conception Church for the past few years.

Many restaurants participate in fundraising endeavors, Saha said, donating up to 15 percent of an evening's proceeds to the cause.

"This great group, the 'Magnificent 11' we should call them, they're donating 100 percent," Saha said. "They're not getting any compensation at all. We hope that the community supports their businesses.

"The good feeling at the end of the day, all of these people can say they helped somebody."

The Dec. 13 gathering will be somewhat bittersweet, Saha said, following as closely as it does to the death of Sheila Davis Hahn. The owner of Nancy's Home Cooking died of cancer Nov. 7.

"She's going to be in my heart that day," Saha said. "We're going to definitely acknowledge the loss."

The fundraiser also will acknowledge the patrons who turn out for the event year in and year out, he added.

"The people in Clintonville really care," Saha said. "The special group of people who came there in support, they don't really come for the food. They come truly and honestly in their heart to support the community."

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