Violette's Cellar restaurant recently opened in loving memory of Violette Botros, who courageously battled cancer for over a decade with a smile on her face and a warmth in her heart even after a long day of treatment and barely enough energy to walk. Violette would still insist on going out to dinner with her husband and two young sons because there's nothing that she enjoyed more than sharing a meal with those she loved.
Violette's Cellar located at 2271 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, New York, is committed to cancer treatment and research. As part of their mission, they have made the largest donation pledge to date to Staten Island University Hospital's new Comprehensive Cancer Center. A portion of every dollar spent at the restaurant will help continue making strides in the battle against cancer.
Violette's Cellar owner and Executive Chef Peter Botros, son of Violette was joined by his partners Phil Farinacci and Marc Zurlo in presenting a symbolic check to Staten Island University Hospital, which represents their $250,000.00 committment to the construction of the new Comprehensive Cancer Center. While creating the restaurant, the partners knew that they wanted to give back to the community in some way. Peter, himself, was diagnosed with cancer six years ago when he was just 26. In addition, Marc's father, Ralph, is a 2-year cancer survivor and Phil's mother, Sally, is a 35-year cancer survivor.
When Peter, Phil, & Ralph found out about the new Comprehensive Cancer Center coming to Staten Island University Hospital, they were eager to learn how they could get involved. They generously committed a $250,000 pledge to the project.
On hand to accept the check was Dina Wong, Deputy Executive Director of Staten Island University Hospital. Said Wong " I am proud to welcome Violette’s Cellar as a philanthropic partner with their significant commitment of $250,000 to the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Staten Island University Hospital."
Wong continued "Our Florina Rusi-Marke Comprehensive Breast Center has become the gold standard in patient-centered, multidisciplinary care. But we acknowledge that there is more to do. With the rates of cancer on Staten Island at an all-time high, Staten Island University Hospital is prepared to take action. We are continuing the evolution of our cancer program by integrating the cancer services currently located at different points across the North Campus."
Also on hand from Staten Island University Hospital was Laura Longo, the Director of Patient Care Services for Ambulatory Oncology. Said Longo "These three men saw the value in constructing a center here on Staten Island that will treat both adults and children affected by cancer in a state-of-the-art facility, close to home, and under one roof. We are immensely grateful for their generosity. As a registered nurse and the Director of Patient Care Services for Ambulatory Oncology, I fully understand what it will mean to our patients to have a center that integrates our cancer services and makes the healing process easier."