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Quaker Valley sophomore discovers recipe for helping others

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 8:24 p.m.
Michael Scimio
Sewickley Herald
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Michael Scimio soon will get some real-life experience as a cook and, at the same time, help others as part of a school project.

The Quaker Valley sophomore will be the chef for a roast beef dinner fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Leetsdale.

Proceeds from the dinner, which also will include potatoes, green beans, a drink and dessert, will go toward Tuesday's Children, a nonprofit organization that serves those directly affected by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, including children, families and responders.

Scimio said he chose to offer the dinner because he always has loved to cook, is a culinary-arts student at Parkway West Career & Technology Center and wants to become a chef.

“So I wanted to put my skills to use for a good cause,” he said.

The goal is to raise $1,000 in his 10th-grade project.

“I picked this charity because I feel that as time passes most people tend to forget the difficulties these families still face everyday,” said Scimio, son of Paula and Paul Scimio of Leetsdale.

“Unfortunately, other tragedies happen and people give attention to those, and I wanted to let the people affected by 9/11 know that they are not forgotten.”

Amanda Story, the Tuesday's Children events and public relations coordinator, said Scimio's fundraiser is “fantastic.

“There are great supporters of Tuesday's Children out there, and we are so lucky,” she said.

Tuesday's Children was started in the wake of the events of 9/11 after it became apparent that someone had to stand up and help the families who lost loved ones that day, she said.

“The founding members were all from the tri-state area and saw the impact, felt the impact first hand,” she said.“We are, unfortunately, continuously adding new registrants who need our help to our programs. We will continue to provide programs for all of those affected by Sept. 11 for as long as they need us and we're able.”

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or jbarron@tribweb.com.

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