Slota benefit draws a crowd

By Michelle Costanza

April 29, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 9:28 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One local man received a warm welcome tonight as the community packed the Johnson City High School cafeteria to show their support.

Friends of Luke, a committee formed by Luke Slota's friends and family, hosted a pasta dinner Friday night to raise money for the Slota family.

29-year-old Slota is a Johnson City Trustee who recently received a liver transplant.

He was diagnosed with Wilson's Disease last June- a condition that affects one in every 10,000 people. Frequent hospital visits were finally put to an end after travelling to Rochester for his procedure in December.

"We're here to celebrate his new life. His transplant was very successful and he's getting stronger everyday," said John Walker, Co-Chairman of the Friends of Luke Committee.

Slota served in Afghanistan for four years when he joined the Army out of high school, and has since become deeply involved in the local community.

"It was very difficult to leave as well as kind of leave the reins behind, but really, really supportive people- the Board of Trustees and Mayor Deemie, my family- they said we'll be here when you get back, we'll be here for you," said Slota.

Slota said he was overwhelmed and fully appreciative of the strong support that his community has shown him.

In addition to a full meal, the benefit included a silent auction, 50/50 rafle, and live entertainment.

All proceeds from the event went to the Slota family to help with finances.

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