Dr. Giulio Diamante and his wife, Lynne, were certainly in the spirit of holiday giving on a recent Thursday evening in Johnston.
The popular owners of OPTX Rhode Island at 1227 Hartford Ave. held what CEO Lynne Diamante called “Our Gucci Extravaganza,” which included music, multiple prizes and giveaways. The evening also netted $1,000 for the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or RISPCA.
“We wanted to do something special and joined forces with the RISPCA to help homeless and shelter pets find comfort and love this holiday season,” Lynne Diamante said. “We’re thrilled to present Samantha Nieva [of the RISPCA] with this check that we hope will encourage others to join what we’ve accomplished here tonight.”
Moreover, it was an opportunity for guests to view – and purchase – the rarest styles from Gucci Boutique collection and do some holiday shopping inside the stylish eye-care section at OPTX Rhode Island.
“Gucci provided and displayed its entire fashion collection in our showroom for guests to browse and potentially purchase,” Lynne Diamante explained while Dr. Diamante entertained many guests. “We were thrilled to host this event, is it the first time a display of this magnitude and fashion significance has occurred in New England.”
Robert Folgo, the well-known general manager at OPTX, added: “It’s an honor that Gucci selected us for this event. As a retailer we strive to bring excellence and greatness to Johnston and all of Rhode Island. Team OPTX is proud and very humbled to partake in this spectacular showing.”
Moreover, as Folgo paused before emphasizing: “More importantly, though, helping the animals is a cause near and dear to all of us here at OPTX.”
The inspiration for the gala actually stemmed from Dr. and Mrs. Diamante’s own Maltese dog, named Gucci.
“My wife and I have lovingly cared for the many special needs of our dear 5-year-old dog,” said Dr. Diamante, who serves as chief medical director at OPTX. “We have received endless amounts of love from Gucci and we enjoy taking care of him. That’s why we wanted to do something for the RISCPA.”
The event, which was also referred to as “Shop for a Cause,” also featured well-known local retailers who set up shop in the expansive OPTX gallery. Flaunt Boutique, St. Germain Studio, Mind and Body Fitness and Spiritually Wrapped Custom Jewelry were also on hand and offered special prices to the gala’s attendees.
“What a spectacular event,” offered Arnie and Pat Vecchione while enjoying the night’s fine food and classic camaraderie. “The Diamantes offered discount prices and prizes; their hospitality is second to none.”
Dr. Diamante, as he chatted with the appreciative guests, offered: “I think that’s what everyone here tonight is doing, speaking for the cold, forgotten or abused fur babies that so madly need the help of donors to support the RISPCA work.”
He also encouraged people to make a donation to the RISCPA, located at 186 Amaral St. in Riverside, or give Nieva a call at 438-8150 and make a pledge.