Shelton event to help two local families during the holidays


A benefit will take place in Shelton to show support to two local families who are in need this holiday season.

The event, set for Monday, Dec. 16 from 6-10 p.m. at Verace Pizzeria, Tavern & Italian Eatery, is for the Corbesato and Fortunato families.

Both families are facing the major financial hardships that come with health ailments involving their children. Because of this, the community is rallying to support them not only emotionally but also financially.

The Corbesato family

The Corbesato family of Shelton recently lost all of their belongings due to a fire that gutted their condominium.

Nicole and PJ Corbesato also are facing another hardship as their two daughters struggle with serious heart conditions. Bella, 2 years old, and Ava, 11 months old, were each born with only half of a heart.

To keep their conditions stable, both children will need to undergo serious surgeries by the time they are age 3.

“As these sweet and innocent children look to the future, there is the possibility that both will require a heart transplant,” the benefit event organizers said.

The Fortunato family

The Fortunato family is dealing with the shock that their 11-year-old son’s cancer has returned. Grace and Anthony Fortunato’s son, Dylan, has been battling cancer since he was 6 years old.

Dylan is described as being compassionate and caring, and always looking to protect other sick children in the community. He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2007.

In the final weeks of his standard three-year treatment protocol, Dylan was told the devastating news that he had relapsed. The chemotherapy, spinal taps, cranial radiation, pills and endless hospital visits had to be repeated all over again.

Despite such a major setback, Dylan never lost his hope. His bravery and determination brought him through the second round and, now after over six years of active treatment and remission, he is fighting again.

“Despite what might ail him, he is always the first one playing with the smaller heroes who look up to him,” said the benefit event organizers. “He is the one they seek comfort from.”

How to get tickets

The Dec. 16 benefit will include dinner, silent auction, raffle prizes, live entertainment, family portraits, dessert bar, and a candy buffet supplied by Nikki's Candy Shop.

Tickets are $50 per person, with all proceeds being split evenly between the two families. Tickets can be purchased at A Touch of Color Make-up Studio and Huntington Rental Center, both in the White Hills Shopping Center on Route 110.

Verace Pizzeria, Tavern & Italian Eatery is at 100 Center St. in downtown Shelton.

For more information on the families, or to inquire about tickets, log onto Facebook under “Hope and Healing for the Corbesato and Fortunato Family Benefit” or click below: