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On 9/11 Weiler's Deli In Northridge "Remembers" First Responders PDF Print E-mail
Written by Diana Martinez | Editor   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 03:11


"We can't forget and we need to remember them day to day," said Terry Penrosa, President of Synergy Building & Development Inc. in Santa Clarita, said of the 9/11 First Responders. Penrosa with Gayle Mousis, Owner of Weiler's New York style Deli in Northridge held a fundraiser Tuesday, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. , Mousis, after watching the television show, "Secret Millionaire," which highlighted the issues faced by 9/11 First Responders, learned that while many survived the horrific ordeal, too many now face cancer issues and struggle with the lack of ongoing funds to support them and their families.

"I was inspired after watching the show to do what I could. I didn't know that the funds that were there initially there to support them is now empty."

"Freedom is not free,"

Penrosa emphasized. "Freedom comes at a price and we just can't forget this."

"The fire department is a community's greatest asset. They put themselves in harms way for us every day and [when they get hurt] they like all of us have ongoing living expenses every day," Mousis said.

While some customers offered their support by putting a few dollars into the donation jar on the register's counter, many weren't aware that the meals they were enjoying would translate into a donation check that Mousis would send to an organization working to help the family's of First Responders.

Mousis sees the popular Jewish Deli as more than a business, but as a way for people to connect with each other. "We have a lot of firefighters that come here along with people from all parts of the community. The people who come here are like our extended family. We have people who come for breakfast, lunch and dinner and even sit in the same place in the restaurant every time they come in.

Delis are the heart of a neighborhood and the people who come here are extended family."

If you are interested in making a donation to benefit the families of 9/11 First Responders contact Gayle Mousis at (818) 892-8663 or go to:

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 September 2012 03:14