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Delivering for a cause

Glenmont pizzeria presents fundraising opportunity for marathon team

One might imagine pizzas and marathons to be complete opposites, but at one Glenmont parlor, weekends during the month of January will bring the two together.

For the remainder of the month, a group of five local women will be making the Friday and Saturday deliveries for Romo's Pizzeria and pocketing the tips for their fundraising effort to fight childhood cancer, which will culminate in a Feb. 28 running of the Mardi Gras Rock and Roll Marathon in New Orleans.

The quintet is trying to find creative ways to fundraise beyond just asking for donations, said team member Angelina Berghela.

We don't want to just ask people for money, she said. "We realize times are tough."

The deal will be beneficial to the restaurant, as well. Berghela's brother, Anthony, opened the door of Romo's in November and is getting the wheels of the business rolling.

"I explained to her that being a new business owner I had to be tight with my money, but I wanted to help," Anthony said.

The money raised by the marathon team"which is also comprised of area residents Alaina Scavullo, Jenny Nagengast, Jennifer Vogel, and Lauren Shea"will be donated through Alex's Lemonade Stand, a type of microloan foundation that allows donors to collect funds through their own efforts. The team can be found at www.alexslemonade.org/stands/20258. The foundation puts donations towards research and treatment of childhood cancer.

The group's goal is to raise $10,000, about $2,400 of which they've taken in so far through a Saratoga Springs pub crawl, other events and straight donations, said Berghela.

Training for the 26.2-mile race is giving the team another goal to work towards, both individually and as a group. This will be the first marathon attempt for all five girls.

"It was just something that was in our bucket list that we really wanted to do," Berghela said.

Romo's Pizzeria is located at 365 Feura Bush Road, Glenmont. Orders can be made by calling 449-5871.

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