S.A.M. (Saving Another Mind)

December 18, 2010 10:01 ET

10TH ANNIVERSARY - DINNER FOR SAM

The Tragic Death of One Man Leads to Comfort and Cheer for Those Truly Down on their Luck

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, ON, MEDIA ADVISORY --(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2010) - Salvatore "Sam" Restivo-Pantalone was a paranoid schizophrenic whose life ended tragically ten years ago, on Christmas Day 2000. This Saturday, December 18th, Teresa Pantalone-Colonna, sister of Sam and founder of S.A.M. (Saving Another Mind) along with a troop of volunteers will be serving a traditional Italian Christmas Dinner at the Good Neighbours' Club. The Good Neighbours' Club is a drop-in centre for homeless and marginally-housed men over 50, many of whom suffer from some form of mental illness.

Musical group 'Fairchild' will entertain from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Each person attending will receive a gift bag.

What: DINNER FOR SAM - An Italian Christmas Dinner with entertainment and presents for men and women whose mental illness has left them impoverished and marginalized.

When: Saturday, December 18, first sitting 4:30 p.m., second sitting 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Good Neighbours' Club for Homeless & Marginally Housed Men, 170 Jarvis Street, Toronto, just north of Shuter Street

Background: Sam Restivo-Pantalone and Dinner for Sam

Salvatore "Sam" Restivo-Pantalone was a 28 year old paranoid schizophrenic whose life ended tragically in a group home on Christmas Day 10 years ago.

Dinner for Sam was born the day after Sam's death. Sam's father, Charlie Pantalone, thought of all the people in Toronto struggling with mental illness on the street or in facilities and decided he would like to serve them a memorial Italian Christmas dinner to mark the first anniversary of Sam's death.

Sam's younger sister, Teresa Pantalone-Colonna took up the cause and founded S.A.M. "Save Another Mind" in memory of her late brother in 2001. She has been raising money every year to provide an Italian Christmas Dinner and presents for those whose mental illness has left them impoverished and marginalized. Well over 1500 people have been served at these annual dinners.

/For further information: or to arrange an interview:
Teresa Pantalone-Colonna
Tel: 416-633-8228
Cell: 647-403-8225/ IN: HEALTH, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Teresa Pantalone-Colonna
    Primary Phone: 416-633-8228
    Secondary Phone: 647-403-8225