Southside Café’s George Mazzaferro Memorial Fund Sends Local Children to Summer Camp

On Tuesday, December 6, Catherine Mazzaferro of the Southside Café’s George Mazzaferro Memorial Fund a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation and Daniel Sabia, owner of Southside Café presented a check for $1,740 to Patrick Marchand, director, YMCA Camp Mohawk and Greg Brisco, CEO Northwest Connecticut YMCA to support camperships.

Contributions to the Fund, which supports organizations that benefit local children were raised through an annual Poker Run fundraiser held in honor of Fund namesake, George Mazzaferro. A Torrington native, George was the proprietor of many restaurants, including Pig n’ Whistle, Towne Tavern and South Side Café on South Main Street, which he established in 1990 with his daughter, Catherine Mazzaferro.

A motorcycle and hotrod enthusiast, George Mazzaferro retired in 2011 with plans to restore motorcycles and hotrods and spend time with his grandchildren. Tragically, just four days later, he suffered a fatal head injury.

Caption: from left to right: Greg Brisco, CEO Northwest Connecticut YMCA; Patrick Marchand, director, YMCA Camp Mohawk; Catherine Mazzaferro, the Southside Café’s George Mazzaferro Memorial Fund; Daniel Sabia, owner of Southside Café (not pictured); and Guy Rovezzi, president, Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation. 

Contact your Community Foundation staff at: (860) 626-1245 to discuss your charitable giving options and goals.