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Il Cortile Ristorante raises $20,000 for cancer charity 

Tour of Paso

Nearly doubling their contribution from last year, the team at Il Cortile Ristorante in Paso Robles raised $20,000 – and won 1st place – in support of local cancer resources during the recent Tour of Paso cycling event.

owners of Il Cortile

The owners of Il Cortile, Carole and Santos MacDonal.

With 13 cyclists, including owner Carole MacDonal, Team Il Cortile raced with 150 cyclists to raise funds for the Central Coast Cancer Support Community, a free resource to local cancer patients and their families. Charitable contributions for the event totaled over $100,000, up $30,000 from last year.

Fundraising at Il Cortile included proceeds from a special “reverse wine dinner” menu crafted by Chef Santos MacDonal and his kitchen, as well as proceeds from the sale of complementing wine, L’Aventure Optimus. Additionally, servers at the restaurant generously donated a portion of their tips from the dinner toward Il Cortile’s efforts in support of the Cancer Support Community.

“Team Il Cortile epitomizes the philosophy of leadership and the team approach to fighting cancer,” said Cancer Support Community Executive Director, Christie Kelly. “Carole and Santos’ team has been a contender for the past three years, and that they were able to raise over twenty-thousand dollars is just phenomenal.”

This year marks the third that Il Cortile has contributed toward and participated in the Tour of Paso. In 2012, the team raised over $5,000, and $12,000 in 2013.

“Cancer impacts us all,” Kelly continued. “Luckily we are able to minimize the impact in our community by supporting those in their time of need. That would not be possible without the support we receive from game-changers like the Team at Il Cortile.”

Il Cortile, a fine dining Italian restaurant, is located in downtown Paso Robles at 608 12th Street. Chef MacDonal crafts seasonal menus with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding local and regional landscapes and provides an array of homemade pastas, fresh seafood, meats and antipasti.

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