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BY: Kimberly Snickles, Cheektowaga Source | December 06, 2012

They say looks can be deceiving and in Dan Nedescu’s case, it really is.

“I go into some of these food bank meetings with long hair and a beard and people probably think I look like I want to kill somebody, not help somebody,” Nedescu joked.

Nedescu has owned Stylin’ Tattoo, 3445 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga since 2007; the funny part is he’s never tattooed anyone in his life.

“I couldn’t draw a straight line with a ruler,” said Nedescu. “It’s not a money thing for us, we do things different.”

Which is why the parlor is holding a raffle to raise as much money as they can for the Food Bank of WNY, an organization that is near and dear to his heart.

“I just became good friends with the food bank over the years and now that we can afford to do it, we do,” he said.

Each raffle ticket sold will go directly to the food bank. Those who enter will have a chance to win a basket with more than $1,000 worth of items inside. Basket items include gift certificates from various local restaurants, Men’s Warehouse, John and Mary’s, Buffalo Harley Davidson, Armor Tap Room and much more. There are also autographed photos of former Buffalo Bills players like Booker Edgerson inside the baskets. Nedescu said his goal is to add as many items as he can before the drawing on Thursday, Dec. 20.

“The public is eager to help. There’s actually too much stuff to put in one basket so we have mini stockings and we stick it in the basket with labels of everything that goes in it,” said Nedescu.

Nedescu also has a food bank barrel inside the tattoo shop; any customer, who brings in three items of food, receives a ten percent discount on any tattoo or piercing.

The Food Bank of WNY serves Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Niagara Counties in the fight against hunger. All donations go towards feeding thousands of people in the area. Last year the raffle raised more than $900 for the food bank.

Tickets for the raffle are being sold at $3 for one ticket, $5 for two, and $10 for ten; they can be purchased at the Food Bank of WNY, 91 Holt Street, Buffalo or at Stylin’ Tattoos. For more information call 836-3530 or visit www.stylintattoo.com

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