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Just a Gentle Reminder

Make your Reservations for our next Scranton Unico Chapter General Membership Meeting Tuesday October 12, 2021 at Colarusso’s Coal Fire Pizza 280 Main Street Dickson City, PA 18519


We are asking members to make a reservation by calling Chris DiMattio by Friday October 8, 2021. Please leave your name and the number of people who will be attending. Due to the recent Pandemic and the CDC regulations,  restaurants and banquet facilities are asking us for reservations.  In the past, we have always welcomed members that did not call in advance to make their reservation but with the current situation restaurants and banquet facilities are not able to set up extra tables the night of the meeting


LA Festa 2021 Photos


Scranton Chapter of UNICO National announces Jim Brogna UNICAN of the Year

The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National has named James Brogna, past president of the chapter as the 2021 UNICAN of the Year. Brogna will be honored at the Chapter’s Annual Charity Ball fundraiser, back again after a COVID year off, at Genetti’s Catering in Dickson City on February 26, 2022.

Jim Brogna, Vice President, Strategic Partnership Development at Allied Services, served as Chapter President and Chairman of the Board and is a current member of the Crestwood School Board; Board Chairman, Leadership Wilkes-Barre;  

Member, Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber.

Pictured with Brogna are past UNICANS of the Year and Chapter President Ann Genett. Front row from left are  Frank Castellano, Charlie Spano, and  Jim Brogna.  Second row Chapter President Ann Genett and Frank Gervasi.  Back row Frank Blasi, Mary Marrara, Diane Alberigi and Patti Montalbano.


The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National conducted a wine tour in the Finger Lakes of New York State on October 2. There were twenty five tastings on the trip which raised funds for the annual Charity Ball to be held in February of 2022. A buffet dinner at Ciccino’s in Waterloo concluded the day.


UNICO Foundation Presents $2,000 Donation to Saint Joseph’s Center Baby and Children’s Pantry

UNICO Scranton Chapter and UNICO National Foundation recently presented a check for $2,000 for baby formula to Saint Joseph’s Center Baby and Children’s Pantry from the UNICO Foundation Ralph Torroco Food Bank/Shelters Fund.   The Pantry serves hundreds of families each month and is an expression of the care and commitment that Saint Joseph’s has for children and families. The Baby and Children’s Pantry depends entirely on donations from individuals and organizations in the community, which includes new and gently used clothing, baby formula/food, diapers, monetary donations, baby furniture, etc.  For more information on Pantry hours or to donate, please call 570-207-6640.

From left are: Chris DiMattio, President, UNICO Foundation; Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, IHM, President and CEO, Saint Joseph’s Center; Mary Griffin, Outreach Coordinator, Baby and Children’s Pantry, Saint Joseph’s Center; Patti Montalbano, President, UNICO Scranton Ladies Auxiliary; Jo Ann Verduce, Director of Development, Saint Joseph’s Center  and UNICO Scranton Board Member.


UNICO Scranton Chapter Golf Tournament Winners Announced

The UNICO Scranton Chapter Golf Tournament was held on May 26 at Mount Airy Resort. The winning foursome was Chris Clancy,  Captain

Andrew Magnotta,  Ed Clarke and Bill Wilson.   Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities.


The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National presented a check for ten thousand dollars, the first of a fifty thousand dollar pledge to aid in funding the new Italian American Museum situated in Little Italy in lower Manhattan.

 Presenting the check is Chris DiMattio, first on left, Scranton Chapter member and Past National President. Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, Director of the Museum, second from left, receives the donation as current UNICO National President Dr. Frank DeFrank, Roseto Chapter, third from left, and Linda Gail Alati, wife of the late John Alati, chairman of the fundraiser drive look on. The presentation was made at the UNICO National Convention in Parsippany, NJ at the end of July.


The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National, The Chapter honors the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. This year, in lieu of the annual bingo party held for veterans at the Gino Merli Center and Saint Francis Commons, the Veterans Committee presented a DVD salute of greetings and gratitude along with gift certificates for a sheet cake. This effort was coordinated by Charlie Spano, Jack Trapani and Mary Marrara.