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Cultural Center Fundraiser Brings Fine Food, Cars to Tuckahoe

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. -- The food was plentiful, the wine was full bodied, and the Maseratis and Lamborghinis were parked out front as the Westchester Italian Cultural Center kicked off its upcoming car show.

The event, held in the Generoso Pope Building in Depot Square in Tuckahoe on Tuesday night, was attended by Marco Mattiacci, president and CEO of Ferrari of North America.

Mattiacci, who hails from Rome and is now based in New Jersey, said he was happy to travel to Tuckahoe.

"I am a very curious person and I wanted to meet these extremely passionate, successful and wonderful Italian American people," Mattiacci said.

Mattiacci said that despite the minimum $200,000 price tag for a low end Ferrari, there has been no shortage of sales in this region.

"We try to sell one less than is expected, because exclusivity it important to us," Mattiacci said. "Exclusivity and quality are always in demand and always bring respect."

The event is a precursor to the Cultural Center's second annual Concorso d'Eleganza Car Show.

"This is one of our major fundraisers," said Frank Nicolai, chairman of the board of trustees. "Last year we had 70 to 80 cars and we expect more than that this year.

According to Domenick Ciaccia, chairperson of the event, privately owned rare and classic models from Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and Alfa Romeo, among others, will fill Depot Square and two adjacent parking lots from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2.

The event will also feature food, music and raffles. All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting art, music and cultural programs that are held at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center.

Former County Executive Andy Spano was at the event Tuesday night and is a member of the cultural center's board of trustees.

"This is one of the finest groups dedicated to preserving Italian culture in our area," Spano said. "And it is always available to the public with many programs and events. It is one of the best boards I serve on."

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