The Sopranos actors TONY SIRICO and Joseph Gannascoli headlined a benefit function in New York City last night (29MAR06) to raise money for a two-year-old boy suffering from tuberous sclerosis. The on-screen mobsters, who play PAULIE WALNUTS and VITO SPATAFORE respectively, were touched by young JOSEPH HOPKINS's fight against the life-long illness which causes tumours to form on his organs. Sirico and Gannascoli donated two posters autographed by the cast of the TV series for an auction, as well as a script of the original pilot. When pictures of young Joseph and his two brothers, CHRISTOPHER and JONATHON, were flashed on a screen, Sirico told the crowd, "Look at those three little scungilli (whelks). How can you say 'no' to those faces?' "It's a chance to help a little kid and his family."