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Celebrate 50 Years of Ponzio’s on Sept. 23 & Raise Money for Cancer Research


The Fifis Family at the 2013 Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund Dinner

The year was 1964 – Lyndon B. Johnson was president, the Beatles were at the top of the Billboard charts, and a grilled cheese sandwich at the newly opened Ponzio’s Diner cost just 70 cents.

Fifty years – and more than 300,000 grilled cheese sandwiches later – Ponzio’s remains a South Jersey tradition.

For five decades, Ponzio’s has been owned and operated by the Fifis family.

Sadly, in 2007 beloved owner Jim “Jimmy” Fifis, a lifelong smoker, passed away of lung cancer.

Prior to his passing, Fifis asked his wife, Violetta, and his three sons, Chris, Nick and John to advocate for a cure for lung cancer and to work to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking,

Now in its fourth year, the Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund at Cooper raises money to support lung cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, South Jersey’s most comprehensive resource for the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.

Join the Fifis family and The Cooper Foundation at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Ponzio’s in Cherry Hill to celebrate the diner’s 50th anniversary and support the Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund at Cooper.

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased here