Restaurateur serves up scholarships


October 23, 2001|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AMERICA HAS BEEN good to Raymond Lubrano. Now he wants to return the favor - with college scholarships for high school seniors.

Through his family's foundation, Lubrano will provide $10,000 scholarships to at least five Maryland high school seniors to help them pursue the American dream. It is a way for Lubrano, who immigrated to the United States from Naples, Italy, in 1971 and became a successful restaurateur, to say "thank you" to his adopted country.

"I believe in education," he says. "If you give kids money, they'll be broke in a few years. If you give them an education, they'll have it for life."

Lubrano operates six area restaurants: Italian Market and Enotria, both in the Village at Waugh Chapel shopping center in Gambrills; Cantina D'Italia and Mamma Lucia in Annapolis; Enotria in Forest Hills; and Mamma Lucia in College Park. He has always been a generous contributor to charitable causes, supporting various community activities. The Enotria restaurant in Gambrills is donating 5 percent of its receipts through next month to the relief effort for people affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

As the father of four daughters, two studying at the College of Notre Dame and two at Archbishop Spalding High School, Lubrano knows that education can be a costly burden for families.

To help relieve this burden, he established this year the Lubrano Family Scholarship Foundation, which will award a minimum of five $10,000 scholarships annually to qualifying high school seniors. Recipients must demonstrate financial need, have a well-rounded academic record, exhibit good citizenship and be drug-free. A volunteer board of local professionals will evaluate the applications.

Lubrano's excitement about the new project is infectious. Customers at his restaurants have offered to contribute to the foundation. His goal is to build it up to a $150,000 annual fund, helping 15 area students go to college.

Scholarship applications for next year are available at Enotria, Italian Market, Cantina D'Italia and Mamma Lucia restaurants. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 15.

Women's club meeting

Female residents of the Four Seasons community in Gambrills are invited to a meeting of Four Seasons Women's Club at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Four Seasons Elementary School.

The agenda includes a discussion of the club's future projects, which include holiday basket programs, a blood drive and a bull and oyster roast.

Membership is open to all women living in the Four Seasons community. Information: Alberta Baker, 410-672-5219.

Kiwanis charity auction

Apologies are due for an incorrect reference in last week's column to a past president of Crofton Kiwanis, in whose memory the group's charity auction next month is dedicated. Patrick Wilson, who died in January, was an active and respected Kiwanian. He helped start the annual charity auctions, which now serve as the primary fund-raiser for club activities.

The auction is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 at Bowie Knights of Columbus hall on Route 3. Information: Cole Drew, 410- 721-2225.

On being mannerly

It's never too early to start learning basic etiquette skills. Anne Arundel County's Recreation and Parks program is sponsoring a course in manners for boys and girls ages 7 to 10.

The class will address basic table manners, greetings and introductions, respect for others, courteous behavior and how to take phone messages.

The class will be offered at Crofton Elementary School from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 30 through Nov. 20. The cost is $35. Information: 410-222-7313.

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