Fundraiser sends Brooklyn kids to summer camp

Brooklynites sipped on Italian wines and nibbled on cheeses at Marco Polo Ristorante on March 26, not just for kicks but to raise money for a non-profit that sends inner-city youth to sleep away summer camps.

“Intensive camp experiences can truly open up a world of opportunities to young people,” according to the Camp Brooklyn Fund website,

The fund, which was started in 2002 by former Borough President Marty Markowitz, pools money from fundraisers, donations and grants.

Attendees laid down $100 a person to sample the wines provided by Palm Bay Wines, PW Distributors and Vin Divino, and Joe Chirico, Marco Polo’s founder.

Around 50 people attended the event and snacked on treats courtesy of restaurateur Marco Chirico, who hosted the dinner at the Court Street eatery.

“Thanks to the generosity of everyone who attended the wine tasting and those who donated, Camp Brooklyn will be able to send even more low-income Brooklyn children to sleep-away camp this coming summer,” according to a statement by the fund, which says it costs $750 to send a child to sleepaway camp for two weeks.

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