NUTLEY, NJ - Innovation, imagination, an economic crisis, and a global pandemic inspired a local haberdasher to create an online auction that raised over $325 in the first hour for a local food pantry.

Before the world turned upside down, Carmen Bucco would spend his time making custom bespoke suits for clients across the tri-state area. Tailored clothing is not essential, so Bucco innovated and found a way to keep some of his tailors on payroll: cloth masks.

The masks are available online or by calling the store. Local celebrities who've been sporting the 'Bucco look' include Nutley Board of Education trustee Erica Zarro, restaurateur Lou Ritacco, and Nutley Superintendent of Schools Dr. Julie Glazer. 

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Bucco and team started a new batch of masks with patriotic fabric featuring American Bald Eagles and "these colors don't run.' Three masks in this design were cut so that 'These Colors Don't Run' appears perfectly across the front. Always ready to support the least among us in the community, Bucco set up an online auction to benefit the food pantry operation of Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB).

"I saw the people lined up for grocery distribution, and I wanted to do something to make life a little easier for them" said Bucco. "So I created an online auction to benefit NFSB. A friend suggested I open the bidding so the three top bidders each get one of the three patriotic masks."

Bids are being placed in the comments of a Facebook post on Bucco's FB page. Within the first hour bids totaling $325 came in. The auction is open until Thursday morning - an announcement will be made via FB live shortly after noon on Thurs. Apr.23, 2020.  

Bucco said that Nutley expats, those of you who moved elsewhere in the state or country, are welcome to bid. Out of state winners will have their mask shipped to them.

Once the auction is over, Bucco will reach out to the winners, so they can make their donation to NFSB. The funds generated will be used by the pantry to purchase fresh and frozen food items for pantry clients. 

Keep in mind that bidding continues until just before noon on Thursday, so bid early, bid often. Bids should be made in the comments of the Facebook post. "These Colors Don't Run Auction to Benefit Nutley Food Pantry"  Bucco is encouraging his friends to share his FB post to get more people to bid


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