The  UNICO Scranton Chapter will hold its annual  Charity Ball on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Fiorelli’s in Peckville, and Diane Alberigi will be honored as UNICAN of the Year.  Charity Ball Treasure Chest Committee members are from left: Mary Marrara, Charity Ball Chairperson; Ann Genett; Lisa Bieri; Patti Montalbano; Cindy Farino; Joann Quattrone; Mike Rescigno; Linda Stefursky; Karen Clifford; Frankie Gervasi and Gail Cicerini.    For information, reservations or to donate, please call Mary Marrara, Charity Ball Chairperson at 570-499-8367. 

Unico National Scranton Chapter Volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club annual Christmas Party.

The annual Lighting of the Lackawanna County Christmas Tree took place December 5 at 6 p.m. at Courthouse Square. Scranton UNICO & LaFesta Italiana provided free hot chocolate and cookies.

From left, Tony Summa, Carlo Celli, Christopher DiMattio, Carlo Celli, Steve Andrechak and  Mary Marrara

A $2,000 donation was made to the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen by the Ladies Auxiliary of UNICO Scranton in memory of Frank Blasi, Sr.,  member of the Scranton Chapter, UNICO National.   A Paint and Sip event was held at Raymour and Flanagan, the co-sponsor of the fundraiser.  

From left are Annette Blasi-Strubeck; Rose Blasi; Rob Williams, Director of St. Francis Kitchen; Patti Montalbano, Ladies Auxiliary President; Carole Dougherty, Paint and Sip Chair; Diane Alberigi; Danelle Hogan; Frank Blasi, Esq., UNICO National Legal Counsel.  

Save the Date for the UNICO Scranton Chapter Charity Ball, Saturday, February 29, 2020

The  UNICO Scranton Chapter will hold its annual  Charity Ball on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Fiorelli’s in Peckville.  We are proud to announce Diane Alberigi will be honored as UNICAN of the Year.  For information, reservations or to donate, please call Mary Marrara, Charity Ball Chairperson at 570-499-8367.  First row from left are Jim Brogna, Scranton Chapter President; Diane Alberigi, UNICAN of the Year; Frankie Gervasi.  Second row:  Mike Rescigno; Cindy Fiorini; Patti Montalbano, Ladies Auxiliary President; Joanne Quattrone; Lisa Bieri and Mary Marrara, Charity Ball Chairperson.  Third row: Karen Clifford; Bob Montalbano; Patti Rieder; Ginny Rescigno; Rose Blasi.  Back row:  Ed Staback; Jim Baress; Ann Genett; Frank Blasi, Esq.; Ron Quattrone. 

The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National is honored to be selected as “Model Chapter in the Nation 2018-2019” by UNICO National.  The presentation was made during LaFesta Italiana on Labor Day Weekend. “It was a privilege to work side-by-side with a group of spectacular Italian-Americans who truly embody our mission “service above self”.  The past two weeks, including the crew of dedicated gentlemen who cooked and prepared our porketta, and our Labor Day Weekend volunteers made the annual fundraiser a huge success. I’m blessed to be surrounded by so many caring members who want to make a difference in our community” says Jim Brogna, Scranton Chapter President.

Photo: Jim Brogna, Scranton Chapter President;  Chris DiMattio, Past National President; Steve Pelonero, Executive Vice President,  UNICO National;  Melanie Naro, Board Chairperson; Dr. Peter Pettinato, First Vice President, UNICO National; Dr. Frank DeFrank, President, UNICO National.

UNICO National Scranton Chapter members volunteered at the St. Joseph’s Center Summer Festival Pizza Fritta stand.

Unico National Scranton Chapter raised over $1,800 to benefit St. Joseph’s at the event.

Front: Sue Marullo
Standing L – R: Palma Yanni, Pat Yanni, Keith Ebinician, Jim Sagona, Dr. Al Giallorenzi, George Fueshko, Mary Ann Heally, Steve Andrichak

UNICO Scranton Chapter present scholarships.

Proceeds are raised from The Cpt. James R. Minicozzi Memorial Race through the Scranton UNICO Foundation during LaFesta Italiana.

Left to Right in photo are Race Committee & UNICO Scranton Chapter members: Jack Trapani, recipients: Lainey Lavelle & Larry Kendricks, Leslie Minicozzi Galacci, Chairwoman; John Trapani, Gail Cicerini, Mary Marrara

Scranton Chapter of Unico National at the Unico National Convention, 2019 in Nashville Tennessee.

Unico National Scranton Chapter presented Melanie Naro with the Dr. D. J. Maldonato Past President’s Award

L – R: Chris DiMattio, Past National President; Melanie Naro, Outgoing Chapter President.

Scranton Chapter, Unico National installs new chapter president Jim Brogna

Scranton Chapter, UNICO National, held its 61st Annual Past President’s and Installation Dinner at Genetti Manor in Dickson City on June 11.  The Chapter is proud to announce the installation of Jim Brogna, President, Scranton Chapter, UNICO National.  “For over 60 years, the Scranton Chapter of UNICO has been a leading service organization in the community.  It’s the largest UNICO Chapter in the country and is constantly planning activities and promoting Italian heritage “ says Chris DiMattio, Past National President. 

The dinner also recognized Melanie Naro who just completed her term as Chapter President.    “I’m honored to have been chosen as President of this prestigious Chapter of UNICO National, with a rich tradition of heritage, and membership enrollment on the rise, we are poised for an exceptional year.  I want to celebrate the many worthy service opportunities as well as significant charitable impact on community that our Scranton Chapter embraces every year” says Jim Brogna.  Jim was installed as President with his family alongside him, from left are:  Gianna Brogna; Mariana Brogna; Talia Brogna;  Laura Brogna; Jim Brogna, Scranton Chapter President; and Chris DiMattio, Past National President.  For more information please visit the website or call 570-499-1534.


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