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Top restaurants aim to help Penn Relays competitors

Published:Thursday | March 24, 2011 | 3:00 AM

Three of Philadelphia's top restaurants have announced that they are doing a major benefit to help underprivileged high school students participate at the Penn Relays.

Rob DeAbeu, owner of Sabrina's Café, Sabrinas Café and Spencer's Too; and Peter Clarke, general manager of Reef Restaurant and Lounge, announced that they are having a special night of 'Caribbean Fare' to benefit Team Jamaica Bickle at the Penn Relays.

Hot meals

Team Jamaica provides 1,200 hot meals per day, ground transportation and hospitality services to nearly 500 young athletes and their coaches from Jamaica, Trinidad, and St Vincent and the Grenadines to participate at the Penn Relays each year. It costs over $80,000 each year. These athletes and their schools would not have the financial resources to participate without assistance, as many of the schools are financially strapped.

The presence of these young athletes make the Penn Relays one of the hottest tickets in town April 28-30, at Franklin Field on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Now in its 117th year, the Penn Relays is the largest track and field meet in the United States. "We wanted to do something special to give these children a chance to do their best on the field and in the classroom," says chef Rob DeAbreu. "All people have to do is to come out and have a meal on April 7, starting at 6 p.m.", adds Peter Clarke. "We will then give a share of the proceeds to Team Jamaica."

Caribbean Restaurant Night is presented by the local support group, Young Friends of Team Jamaica.