Chow down for a good cause

The Villa offers Sunday brunch buffet as fundraising tool for groups

— Having a weekly event also keeps the restaurant open to the community.

“When I first opened the place it was always my intention to leave it as a venue that the community could use for community purposes,” he said.

Guidarelli encourages local organizations to stop by The Villa to learn more about the Sunday brunch opportunity and using the restaurant to host fundraisers. The Sunday brunch menu is planned to change somewhat each week, but you can visit The Villa’s website, www.thevillatg.com, to see each week’s menu.

Since he came up with the idea to host brunches a couple weeks ago, he said there have been five different groups that have reached out to him.

Paola Horvath, parent and volunteer with Rotterdam Pop Warner Cheerleading, said The Villa previously helped the group raise $1,000 to fund the team’s trip to a national competition in Florida.

“It helps to fundraise for these organizations, because funds are very limited. It is nice that we still have local business, like The Villa, that can support local organizations,” Horvath said. “It helps raise awareness of the organization itself. Some people really don’t know that it still exists because … there are a lot of football and cheerleading organizations.”

Guidarelli said supporting local groups and charities is one of the aspects he enjoys most about owning a business.

“It is probably the most rewarding work you can do,” he said.

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