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Hot Italian holds fundraiser for Italian earthquake victims

Hot Italian is a restaurant in Midtown Sacramento.
Hot Italian is a restaurant in Midtown Sacramento.

Hot Italian, a restaurant in Midtown Sacramento, hosted a fundraiser on Wednesday to help victims of the earthquake that hit Italy earlier in the morning.

Andrea Lepore, who co-owns Hot Italian in Midtown Sacramento, told CBS Sacramento news station that she and her business partner have family living around central Italy, where the earthquake hit.

A day after the quake killed 250 people and leveled three small towns, a 4.3 magnitude aftershock sent up plumes of thick gray dust in the hard-hit town of Amatrice. The aftershock crumbled already cracked buildings, prompted authorities to close roads and sent another person to the hospital.

In an effort to reach out to their native homeland, all three Hot Italian restaurants - Midtown, Davis and Emeryville - hosted a fundraiser all day Wednesday to help victims of the tragedy, the network reported.

One-hundred percent of the net proceeds made at all three Hot Italian locations on Wednesday will go to benefit the Italian Red Cross.

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