The Lombardo Family Gives Back
Since 1963, the Lombardo family has made it a priority to give back to the community it serves. They strive to support the success of local organizations through charity fundraisers and gift programs, including, but not limited to:
Lombardo’s 50th Anniversary Gala to Benefit The Fisher House Boston
Lombardo’s celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2013. To celebrate this milestone, the Lombardo Family hosted a gala at their location on Friday, November 8th. Over $41,000 was donated to The Fisher House of Boston, a home away from home where our military families can stay while a loved one is receiving in house treatment at one of their medical centers.The gala was hosted on Veteran’s Day weekend. When they met Jen Deluca, Executive Director to the Fisher House of Boston, they immediately felt a connection and agreed they would be their gala recipient. Paula Lombardo, Chief Administrative Officer of Lombardo’s, describes, “Jen was welcoming and warm. She exudes a passion for our military veterans that was contagious and left us speechless. We knew from the moment we met her that this was the perfect fit. The Fisher House is an amazing organization and we could not be happier with the new friendship we have made with them.” In attendance was many decorated Massachusetts veterans including Medal of Honor recipient, Capt. Thomas Hudner. A color guard presentation opened the program for the evening. Paula continues, “We hope to continue my father’s true legacy of giving back to the local communities with the efforts from our gala in November. What better way to commemorate 50 years of hard work and success than by honoring our veterans who serve our country.” Click here for photos from this event.
On April 24, 2014, the Fisher House Boston honored Lombardo’s for their donation with an engraved stone that will be placed in their garden at the VA Boston Healthcare Medical facility, where the home is located.
Giving Thanks Celebration – An Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors
Every Thanksgiving, the Lombardo family hosts a free Thanksgiving dinner for seniors and those who do not have family with whom to spend this special day. Each year, more than 200 volunteers serve a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. A tradition that has lasted 40 years, the free Thanksgiving dinner began at Lombardo’s East Boston facility, which closed in 2000. As a result, the family brought this well-loved tradition to Randolph, opening its doors to residents throughout Boston and the South Shore. The first year saw nearly 600 attendees and last year nearly 900 people were served.
Vincent’s Nightclub Annual Anniversary Celebration
Each year, the Lombardo family chooses three local charities to benefit from its annual black tie celebration of Vincent’s Night Club. Invitees are asked to make a donation to one of the evening’s featured charities. In return, the Lombardo family pays for 100% of the evening’s expenses, allowing all ticket sale proceeds to go directly to the charities. Over the last decade, the event has raised more than $750,000 for many commendable organizations!
Feed the Hungry – An Annual Fundraiser to Benefit Interfaith Social Services
For nearly a decade Lombardo’s has been a Platinum sponsor and host of the Annual “Feed the Hungry” event, which benefits Interfaith Social Services’ food pantry. The Pantry Shelf supplies nutritious and wholesome food to those in need throughout the South Shore. Additionally, Paula Lombardo-Colia, Chief Administrative Officer of the Lombardo Companies, serves as the co-chair for the event, which features dinner, entertainment and a silent and live auction.
Long Island Shelter – “Serving Ourselves”
For more than 20 years the Lombardo family, friends and employees have spent every third Tuesday of the month sponsoring and serving meals at the Long Island Shelter’s “Serving Ourselves” program. Located in the Long Island Health Campus in Boston, the Long Island Shelter is an emergency shelter that provides food, emergency clothing, healthcare and other shelter services to homeless people in the Boston area. The Long Island Shelter provides 386 beds for men and women over the age of 18 and provides transportation between the shelter and Boston. Paula Lombardo-Colia is credited with initiating Lombardo’s involvement in the shelter after she first heard about it through the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.