“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.