Joseph Pillittere Jr. honored his late mother Monday by giving away free Silo Restaurant hot dogs. Pillittere's late mother, Joan, was an ardent fan of the popular summer food.
"Some people want steak and lobster, but Joan loved hot dogs," he said after her passing. "I guess that could be because hot dogs are usually associated with family gatherings and parties. Our family gatherings were always fun-filled times that reinforced the importance of being a family. In fact, we always had to go for a hot dog after shopping for hours."
Hot dog lovers were encouraged to make a donation to Hospice House, which had a booth set up next to the grill.
The Silo sold 500 hot dogs to Pillittere at cost, donated free drinks, and lent staff to prepare the hot dogs.
The Silo Restaurant owner Alan Hastings, left, and Joseph Pillittere Jr. "Raise a Hot Dog to Joan." (photos by Joshua Maloni)
Niagara Hospice Alliance Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator Mandy Raff, left, and intern Elizabeth Wenneman "Raise a Hot Dog to Joan."
Silo patrons stand in line Monday ready to receive free hot dogs.