Historic theft: Only a few of the bronze letters remain above the west entrance to Unity Temple.REBECCA LOMAX/Staff

On Thursday, Cucina Paradiso, 814 North Blvd., donated 25 percent of dinner sales to help replace the bronze letters stolen from Unity Temple earlier in October.

Anthony and Nick Gambino, owners of Cucina Paradiso, say the evening event raised $1,725 thanks to restaurant patrons and members of Unity Temple.

Emily Roth, executive director of the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, lauded Cucina Paradiso and the Gambinos for helping to replace the stolen letters.

“Cucina Paradiso is a wonderful neighbor and we really appreciate their support,” she said.

Roth says there are still a number of ways to help with replacing Unity Temple’s stolen letters. You can visit the Restoration Foundation’s website at www.utrf.org and click on the “support utrf” link.

The Restoration Foundation is also starting a Letters for Unity campaign. Individuals, companies and organizations will have the opportunity to sponsor one of the letters and, if they wish, have their name engraved on the back.

Click here for Wednesday Journal’s coverage of the stolen Unity Temple letters.

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