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Isle's Bragozzo donates to charity

Bragozzo Osteria Wine Bar, the Italian-themed restaurant located in Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, announced it will donate a silent auction prize valued at nearly $7,000 to benefit the 18th Annual Food For The Poor “Building Hope Gala” Saturday at The Polo Club of Boca Raton.

The in-kind donation of a dinner or lunch party for up to 75 people includes appetizers, salads, pasta dishes, and desserts from two special menu; two glasses of wine or beer, unlimited soft drinks, iced tea, and coffee for each guest; and all restaurant fees, gratuities, and taxes. With a retail value of $6,670, the winning bidder can schedule the private party as late as Nov. 1.

Robin Mahfood, Food For The Poor’s CEO and president. said via a press release “A gift like this has an exponential benefit for the poor. Bragozzo’s silent auction prize will build safe, permanent Food For The Poor homes for families in Jamaica. These homes will allow destitute families to live in dignity and safety. Thank you so much for what you have afforded us to do for the poor we serve.”

 Also in the release, Senior Director of Food and Beverage Mark Sicilia pointed out that Isle management is currently positioning Bragozzo Osteria Wine Bar as a worthy destination unto itself rather than only for casino patrons.

 Rob Wyre, Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park general manager, noted in the release that Chef Charlie Rios, formerly of DiSalvo’s Italian Restaurant in Plantation and Lighthouse Point, is responsible for a revamped menu and an expanded wine list.

Wyre added in the release that he plans to refurbish the Italian restaurant’s wine bar this spring to better accommodate more future wine tasting and happy hour events.

 Bragozzo Osteria Wine Bar is open 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Friday through Tuesday evenings. Reservations are recommended (954-633-6633) for Friday and Saturday nights. It is located on the casino’s second floor next to the poker room, across from Farraddays steakhouse. Visit

 For additional information regarding the 2013 Building Hope Gala, sponsorship levels, and tickets available at $250 per person, please call 1-888-404-4248 or visit

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