MENTOR, Ohio -- Hundreds came to Pastina Rustic Italian Kitchen in Mentor Wednesday for a benefit honoring fallen Mentor police officer Mathew Mazany.
The fundraiser was organized by Chef Rocco Whalen and restaurant owner Joe Longo.
“This was community driven. Myself, Pastinas, the Longo family. I started my career with Joe and Tina at Longos on Lakeshore Boulevard 25 years ago,” said Whalen.
“It is the least we can do -- to lose a loved one and someone who protects us every day, it has brought this community together,” said Longo.
Proceeds from the five course dinner benefit Mazany’s family.
Their friends, family, and the community have been very supportive as they try to get through this tough time.
“The outpouring of support has just been incredible. I was not expecting any of this. I am so touched in my heart and my soul. And I am so grateful that people have come out to support my family and the Mentor Police Department."