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Mark Zolun Of Iraila Restaurant Needs Our Help

One of Slow Food Eugene’s dearest friends and fervent supporters needs our help. Mark Zolun is co-owner of Iraila Restaurant along with his partner, Kenne Glen. Mark and Kenne are long time supporters of local farmers. Mark was lead chef at our Pig Roast last summer and a contributing chef at our Slow Food Dinner in 2006. Mark and Kenne hosted a benefit dinner for Kenyan Slow Food members in 2007.

Just recently, Mark was diagnosed with bladder cancer. And, he doesn’t have health insurance, like so many of his fellow Americans. His friends and supporters are organizing a series of benefits to raise money for Mark’s treatment.

“When Life Gives You Cancer, Give A Variety Show and Flea Market,” will be held January 9, 2009, at Cozmic Pizza, 8th and Charnelton, 7-11 pm. (Click on the link to see how you can help.) The cover charge is $10. The variety show will feature music, dance, juggling, and other entertainment to rouse the spirit.

You can be part of the flea market. Clean out the closet and donate that priceless white elephant that you have wanted to get rid of for years. The items will be priced and sold at the event. Help with an additional contribution, if you can. All proceeds go to help Mark out.

Coming up on February 14 is the Valentine’s Day Benefit atSecret Garden Bed & Breakfast, 1910 University St
Eugene, OR. Mark and some Iraila cooks will be making a yummy meal for Valentine’s Day. There will some scenes from Shakespeare, a contemporary scene with Kim Donnehey and Dan Pagoda, and music from the Cascade Harps. There will be seatings at 5:30 and 7:30. Each table holds 6-8 people, so be ready to enjoy some company and spread the love on this special day. The menu and price will be available shortly. Email info@iraila.com for more information.

Mark has a long road ahead of him with radiation and surgery on the horizon. Let’s help him out.

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