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Trumbull Couple 'Stands Up' To Raise Money To Fight Cancer

Standing Up to Cancer Co-Chairs Nichole and Maurizio Paniccia of Trumbull Photo Credit: Contributed
Standing Up to Cancer Committee members Melissa Deamico of Trumbull, Mike McCloghry of Trumbull and Mike Detuzzi of Stratford Photo Credit: Contributed

TRUMBULL, Conn. – The owner of a local construction business recently presented the American Cancer Society with more than $9,000 raised through the fundraising efforts of several local businesses.

According to a statement from MP Construction, the money was raised during the Standing Up Against Cancer dinner comedy show held recently at the Riverview Bistro Restaurant in Stratford.

“It was a fun night of laughter, which is a great way to temporarily forget about the pains and heartache associated with cancer,” said Maurizio Paniccia, owner of MP Construction. “At the same time, we raised money to help bring an end to cancer.”

While Paniccia and a committee of volunteers have been organizing an annual Cancer Society fundraiser for the past decade, this year's event was the first centered on comedy, according to the statement.

Held in conjunction with the Treehouse Comedy Production's Funny 4 Funds program, the Riverview Bistro dinner show featured several Treehouse comedians, including Billy Winn, Max Colcelli and Rob Falcone.

Major event sponsors include:

  • Westfield Shoppingtown in Trumbull
  • Lucca Plumbing of Monroe
  • Cambridge Electric of Prospect
  • Lisa Maria LLC of Monroe
  • Crave Restaurant of Fairfield
  • Ballroom Dancesport of Milford
  • Strathmoor Electric
  • AN Giacco, LLC of Milford
  • Trumbull Fred Astaire
  • Commercial Flooring Concepts, Inc. of Windsor
  • Sound Construction, Inc. of Bridgeport
  • Paniccia Construction Corp. of Woodbridge
  • Smart Exteriors Care of Monroe
According to MP Construction, Paniccia co-chairs the fundraiser's planning committee with Nichole Paniccia. Other committee members include Mike Detuzzi of Stratford, Mike and Alice McCloghry and Melissa Deamico of Trumbull, Lisa Paniccia of Monroe and Maritza Rivera of Shelton.

The American Cancer Society has 2.5 million volunteers across the world. For information about the organization and how to get involved, call 203-563-1519 or email

Click here to learn more about Treehouse Comedy Productions .

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