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Friends reunited at charity gala

December 14, 2013
By PAUL LaPANN ( , Parkersburg News and Sentinel

George Lantz of Vienna knew he wanted to attend the Camden Clark Foundation's Charity Gala last Saturday night when he learned Mike Audia would be the chef. Lantz and Audia of Clarksburg had been close friends but had not seen each other in 40 years. Both were involved in the Young Democrats organization - Lantz as president of the Wood County chapter and Audia as statewide president. As an attorney in Charleston, Lantz helped Audia adopt two children - including Mike II - in the early 1970s. Young Mike now owns and operates Mike Audia's Restaurant in Nutter Fort near Clarksburg that his father founded. He also attended the gala, which had "An Italian Christmas" theme. Older Mike, 79, was happy to talk to his friend Lantz at the foundation fundraiser at the Parkersburg Country Club. "It's good to see you," Audia told Lantz. "Mike's a good guy," Lantz said. "He was a close friend." Audia spent several hours preparing and cooking for the benefit - including setting up pasta and antipasto stations and bringing Italian sausage, bread and cheeses. He also brought silent auction items donated by Clarksburg businesses.



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