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Habitat for Humanity’s CEO giving away trip to Italy he earned through restaurant points


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Frank Hruska, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads, is a huge fan of Ynot Italian Restaurant, specifically its Providence Road location in Virginia Beach.

For 13 years, he and his wife, Diane, enjoyed hundreds of lunches and dinners there, accumulating 50,000 points in Ynot’s rewards program. And those points earned Hruska a six-day, five-night round-trip vacation to Italy for two.

But rather than take the trip himself, Hruska decided to give it away, for his favorite cause.

Working with his friends at Ynot, he opted to raffle off the trip and donate all the funds to the region’s Habitat for Humanity.

Tickets, at $20 each, are on sale now for a chance to win airfare, accommodations in Naples for two, a one-day Italian food tour and $500 of spending money.

Travel arrangements will be made in coordination with a Ynot Italian designated travel agency.

“You can buy a ticket online at shrhabitat.org,” said Kathleen Petersen, local Habitat director of development and communications. “But we’re only selling 2,000 of them, so don’t wait.”

The winner’s name will be drawn on June 12 during “Ynot Wednesday” on the steps of the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach.

“You can thank Frank personally for all the meals he ate because he is helping a cause so dear to him and allowing someone else to take advantage of all the points he generated,” Petersen said.

For more information on the contest and the Naples vacation, visit shrhabitat.org and ynotitalian.com.

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