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December 19, 2012

Restaurant owner leads hurricane fundraiser

SARANAC LAKE — After learning of the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, a local restaurant owner rallied the community of Saranac Lake to raise money for Red Cross disaster relief.

On Tuesday, Jacob Stanbro, co-owner of Nonna Fina restaurant in Saranac Lake, presented American Red Cross North Country Chapter Executive Director Lynn Gilbert with a check for $18,419.

Stanbro, initially planned for a small fundraiser within his restaurant, according to a Red Cross news release, but after hearing about interest from other business owners, his plans changed.

His idea evolved into a townwide effort to raise as much money as possible for Sandy relief.

He contacted Gilbert to get the local Red Cross Chapter involved.

“I am extremely grateful for all of the hard work that Lynn and the American Red Cross have done to help our fundraising efforts go to the right place,” Stanbro said in a statement.

Stanbro said that calling Gilbert was his “saving grace” because she pointed him in the direction of a monetary donation to the Red Cross disaster relief efforts rather than an in-kind donation that would be difficult to deliver to those affected by Sandy.

“It was a pleasure working with Jake on this project, and we at the American Red Cross are so grateful for the fundraising efforts of the Saranac Lake community,” Gilbert said in a news release.

She extended special recognition for assistance in this effort to Barbara Rice, owner of Rice Furniture; Gregory Moore, owner of Bear Essentials; the Saranac Rotary Foundation; and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

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