04/23/15 10:00am
04/23/2015 10:00 AM
Michelangelo's manager Felipe Rodriguez's wife, Sofia, their son, Felipe, 5, and their daughter, Valentina, 3, attended a Tuesday evening fundraiser benefiting Mr. Rodriguez, who has a rare form of lymphoma. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Michelangelo’s manager Felipe Rodriguez’s wife, Sofia, their son, Felipe, 5, and their daughter, Valentina, 3, attended a Tuesday evening fundraiser benefiting Mr. Rodriguez, who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. (Credit: Rachel Young)

More than $10,000 was raised during a fundraiser at Michelangelo’s Pizzeria in Mattituck Tuesday evening for the restaurant’s manager, Felipe Rodriguez of Wantagh, who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma and is now unable to work. An additional $9,000 has been raised in an online fundraiser.

“I support my crew,” said Michelangelo’s owner Frank DiStefano, who added that a total of $10,400 was raised through ticket sales and donations from local organizations. “If someone’s down, we want to help.”  (more…)

04/19/15 8:00am
04/19/2015 8:00 AM
A fundraiser to benefit Michelangelo's Pizzeria manager Felipe Rodriguez, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer, will be held Tuesday, April 21. (Credit: Rachel Young)

A fundraiser to benefit Michelangelo’s Pizzeria manager Felipe Rodriguez, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer, will be held Tuesday, April 21. (Credit: Rachel Young)

If you’ve ever stopped by Michelangelo’s Pizzeria in Mattituck for a soda and a slice, chances are good you’ve seen Felipe Rodriguez, the restaurant’s smiling, suit-wearing manager. (more…)