Natascha Rossato benefit March 19

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A pasta dinner benefit for 18-year-old Natascha Rossato, who was tragically injured in a downhill skiing accident Jan. 8, will be held from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday, March 19 at the Venetian Club, 2180 Elmwood Rd., Rockford.

Rossato is a senior at Boylan Central Catholic High School. She suffered a broken right hip, broken pelvis, lower spinal separation from the pelvis, an abdominal hematoma, and paralysis in the right leg from the knee down in the skiing accident. According to Rossato’s team of doctors, she was basically broken in half at the spine.

Rossato has undergone two major surgeries to help repair her injuries. The paralysis in her right leg is permanent, and her road to recovery is long. She will remain in a wheelchair for the next 12-16 months, while undergoing daily rehabilitation for approximately the same period of time; at least two more major surgeries are necessary.

Rossato’s doctors are hopeful she will eventually be able to walk again with the aid of a brace. A fund has been established, and donations may be made in the name of Natascha Rossato at any National City Bank. Donations will be used to defer medical costs and to improve her quality of life later on.

Rossato was employed at Hilander Foods on North Main Street. She is a volunteer CCD teacher at St. Bernadette’s School, and a volunteer AYSO soccer coach.

Cost of the benefit is $10 per person, or $25 per family. Live entertainment includes J.F. Gaziano of the Beat Merchants, David Kolthoff, Live Bait, and disc jockey Dave Cassaro. The event will also feature a silent auction, raffle, and 50/50 drawing. Tickets are available at the Venetian Club, Boylan High School (for students only), North End Coffee Bar, and Pinnon IGA Foods. More info: Tony Pipitone at 621-0304 or Sarah Pipitone at 961-8731.

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