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Photos: My Brother Vinny Walk Raises $35k

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – My Brother Vinny, a Yorktown-based nonprofit organization, continued to “help mankind one good deed at a time” on Sunday, April 29, with the return of its annual fundraising walk at FDR Park. At the walk, hundreds donated more than $35,000 while enjoying music, food, games and good company.

“We thought the event went really, really well, despite the rain,” said Paul Miritello, the organization’s founder. “We really do feel positive about it.”

Miritello, with her army of volunteers, helps previously homeless military veterans sleep more comfortably at night. Since June 23, 2013, My Brother Vinny has filled 587 empty apartments with furniture and supplies.

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“We feel we’re making a difference in the lives of veterans and we hope people continue to support us,” Miritello said.

Miritello said she is able to keep up her pace of assisting more than 100 veterans per year because of furniture donations from hotels. She called the donations a “miracle.”

“If we don’t take it, they toss it,” Miritello said.

The 2018 walk is barely in the rearview mirror, but Miritello has already scheduled next year’s walk for April 28, 2019, also at FDR Park. Learn more about the organization at mybrothervinny.org.

“We cannot do anything without our volunteers,” she said. “We’re powered by the people.”

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