Help a young fighter help others fight

Lorenzo Almeida wants to give back to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence


He’s only six years old, yet Lorenzo Almeida wants to give back to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence.

During the past Thanksgiving and Christmas season, Lorenzo spent two long months in Hasbro Children’s Hospital after being diagnosed with Leukemia.

“Lorenzo went through severe bouts of chemotherapy during that time and will continue treatments for the next two years, if not more,” Peter Goneconte of Classic Blend Doo Wop fame, explained with emotion ringing in his voice. “His mother Jessica (Goneconte) and father Tony spent day and night at his side in the hospital, praying and trying to keep his spirits up.”

Goneconte, who is Lorenzo’s granduncle, went on: “It was — and still is — a very sad situation. The doctors and nurses have been like a family to Lorenzo throughout the entire ordeal. With God’s help and our prayers, we know he will beat this and get back to being a sweet little boy.”

Which is why Goneconte, Ron Giorgio, Ron Iacobuci, Jack Meno and Maria Russo who make up the incomparable Classic Blend group, are expected to sell out their annual St. Joseph’s St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday, March 18 at the Santa Maria Di Prata Society hall at 29 Walnut Grove Ave. in Cranston.

The dinner, which will be prepared and served by Ralph’s Catering and Kitchen, will feature a full Italian dinner and Irish corned beef and cabbage meal that will also feature coffee, tea and delicious dessert (from 6:30 to 10 p.m.).

People who’d like to hear the always-special sounds of Rhode Island’s premiere oldies/doo-wop group, or people who’d like to enjoy what Goneconte said “will be a fantastic feast,” are urged to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

“Please come and enjoy a night of great food and great music,” said Goneconte, who said tickets are priced at $40 per person. People who’d like to reserve tickets should call Goneconte at 401-575-0200 or text him at the same number.

With a special smile on his face, Goneconte announced that “the night’s total proceeds will be donated to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Lorenzo’s name. Classic Blend wants to thank everyone, in advance, for their continued support and are looking forward to seeing them on Saturday, March 18.”

The entire event will be bolstered by a mega-raffle with proceeds also being donated to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Lorenzo’s name.

“We will have ton of prizes,” Goneconte related. “There will be toys, DIOR gift baskets, liquor and Italian food baskets and much, much more. Our committee and friends are all working for the special night and help Lorenzo make his donation for other children at Hasbro Hospital.”

Raffle tickets are 5 for $10 and 10 for $20. Anyone who’d like to help or would like other information should call Goneconte.


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