Beverage sale in Salem is helping an injured MarineBy APRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent
May 15. 2013 8:57PM
SALEM — Two Massachusetts brothers are hoping sales of their lemony libations will benefit those who’ve fought for liberty.
Phil and Nick Mastroianni, owners of Fabrizia Spirits in Salem, are hosting their annual Homes For Our Troops fundraiser this month.
For the month of May, $5 from every sold bottle of Fabrizia Limoncello and Blood Orange beverages will be donated toward a home-building project for Marine Cpl. Kevin Dubois, a Rhode Island native who lost both legs at the hip after stepping on an IED in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in July 2011.
Dubois, who enjoys spending time with his wife, Kayla, and hopes to return to school to become a gunsmith, said having a specially adapted home would allow him to live a life without barriers.
“It would benefit me greatly because it will help me improve my daily living challenges,” Dubois said. “It will improve my life overall by making me more independent.”
Construction crews are breaking ground on Dubois’ new home this weekend, though further funds are needed to complete the project.
Phil Mastroianni said he became involved in Homes For Our Troops three years ago.
Inspired by the challenges faced by his then-deployed best friend, Boston resident James Duffy, Mastroianni and his brother were just starting out their company, but they couldn’t ignore the ongoing struggles of those trying to readjust after life on the battlefield.
“It became clear to me then as it still is now, that his service and the many men and women who defend our country made it possible for me to live out my dream of creating a limoncello company,” Mastroianni said. “Driving around New Hampshire in those early days, we were just so moved by all the signs we’d pass, welcoming soldiers home, all those yellow ribbons.”
Working closely with the State Liquor Commission, Fabrizia Spirits has raised more than $8,000 for the cause during the past several years.
“We’re really hoping New Hampshire residents purchase bottles this month and help us make as big a donation as possible,” Mastroianni said. “Five dollars (per bottle) amounts to 25 percent of our profits, but we really wanted to go big so there’d be an impact.”
Bottles of Fabrizia Limoncello and Blood Orange are available in almost all of the NH State Liquor Stores and retail for $19.99 each.
For more information, visit www.fabriziaspirits.com.