Yolanda Celebrates 50th with Prostate Cancer Fundraiser

A Bronx pizzeria and restaurant will celebrate a milestone anniversary by supporting cancer research.

Yolanda’s Italian Pizzeria and Restaurant at 292 E. 149th Street is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Tuesday, August 9. To celebrate half a century in the borough, Yolanda’s will host a special luncheon to support prostate cancer awareness and prevention at noon.

The restaurant will be hosting National Baseball Hall of Fame president and former New York Yankees public relations director Jeff Idelson, who will be relating stories about his current position in Cooperstown, as well as tales from when he worked for the Yankees.

Proceeds from the afternoon will be donated to Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure fund, founded by WFAN’s talkshow host Ed Randall. The organization seeks to increase the public’s awareness of prostate cancer and to educate them about current techniques in treatment, prevention and detection.

“We have always been about serving the community at Yolanda’s. As we celebrate our half-century in business, we felt it was important to do something to help others,” said Yolanda’s owner Neil Calisi, whose parents opened the restaurant in the early 1960s. “Since Yolanda’s has counted many baseball fans and Yankee players as customers over the years, it felt appropriate to support Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure.”

Tickets for the fundraiser luncheon are priced at $51 each, to recognize Yolanda’s 51st year of operation. Guests will be able to enjoy a wonderful spread of food that the Yankees normally order for the team inside of the clubhouse.

Yolanda’s will also be donating revenue from the sale of its chicken parmigiana slices throughout the entire day on Tuesday, August 9. Also, throughout the remainder of the 2011 baseball season, Yolanda’s will also donate a portion of the proceeds from the food that the Yankees order after games, which the team has been doing for over 30 years.

Ed Randall, a prostate cancer survivor, feels it is very important to get the word out to American men who are not aware of how serious prostate cancer is.

“One in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and nearly a quarter of a million will be diagnosed within the next calendar year,” Randall said. “Our goal is to have a conversation with the American people about this potentially deadly disease which leads to action; so that no man will die needlessly due to a lack of information.”

For more information about purchasing tickets, contact Yolanda’s Pizzeria and Restaurant at (718) 993-2709.

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