Pernicano’s churns out spaghetti for Kiwanis Club
by Anthony Gentile
May 12, 2010 | 2343 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Accordion in hand, Pernicano’s owner John Pernicano treats, from left, Roy Thomasson, Lindy Martinet and Harry Bogue to some music at the 48th annual Kiwanis fundraiser dinner on April 28. The spaghetti dinner is the local restaurant’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Photo courtesy of Charlie Blaine
Accordion in hand, Pernicano’s owner John Pernicano treats, from left, Roy Thomasson, Lindy Martinet and Harry Bogue to some music at the 48th annual Kiwanis fundraiser dinner on April 28. The spaghetti dinner is the local restaurant’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Photo courtesy of Charlie Blaine
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For nearly 50 years, Pernicano’s Family Restaurant in Pacific Beach has been serving up spaghetti to benefit the Kiwanis Club. The iconic local Italian eatery held its 48th annual fundraiser at the end of last month.

“Everybody was into the party mood. It was just a big, social, community party,” said restaurant owner John Pernicano. “It’s really a nice event that we do every year.”

Pernicano said nearly $6,000 was netted during the spaghetti dinner on April 28. The restaurant gave the Kiwanis Club 50 percent of the haul for the evening.

“It’s a good thing, and it’s something that we like to do to give back to the community,” Pernicano said.

The Kiwanis fundraiser is the biggest among a handful of annual fundraisers at Pernicano’s. In the past year, Pernicano’s has also hosted spaghetti dinners for groups including Meals on Wheels, PB Presbyterian Church and Pacific Beach Elementary School.

“I’m committed to my people and my community,” Pernicano said.

Pernicano said any local community group interested in a spaghetti dinner can call him at the restaurant at (858) 488-2900 for more information.

“Anybody that needs a fundraiser, all they have to do is see me or call me and we work it out for them because everybody needs money,” Pernicano said.

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