The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National held its annual Past Presidents dinner at Fiorelli’s in Peckville on June 11. Pictured is Mike Linko, center, being sworn in as new Chapter President by National UNICO President Cav. Ralph Contini. At left is outgoing Chapter President Dr. Peter Cognetti.

Outgoing Scranton Chapter President Dr. Peter Cognetti receives a plaque in gratitude for his service from National President Cav. Ralph Contini.

At the Scranton Chapter Past Presidents dinner the Brian Piccolo, Capt. James Minicozzi Memorial, and DiMattio-Celli Foundation scholarships were awarded to several students. Seated from left: Dominic DeSando, Piccolo recipient; Grace Castellano, Minicozzi recipient; Antonia Piraino, Piccolo recipient; Matt Seidita, DiMattio-Celli recipient; and Louis DiMattio, Minicozzi recipient. Standing from left: parents Nick and Amy DeSando, Frank and Cammie Castellano, Lou and Kim Piraino, Mark and Christa Seidita, Ann and Past National President Chris DiMattio.

The Scranton Chapter hosted its annual golf tournament May 20 at Elmhurst Country Club in Moscow. More than 120 golfers participated. Funds raised from the tournament benefit Outreach — Center for Community Resources, which offers a variety of programs that promote family stability and economic self-sufficiency. The day included lunch and dinner, prizes and basket raffles, plus perfect weather. A great day on the links! (Photos/Lori Ryan)

Bob Pettinato accepts donation for “Peggy’s Pathway,” a foundation that supports cancer research, in honor of his late wife, Margaret Mary, who passed away in 2015. From left: Past National President and current Cancer Research and Prevention Chairman Dr. Frank DeFrank, Pettinato, UNICO National President Cav. Ralph Contini, Past National President Chris DiMattio.

At this year’s tournament, longtime Scranton UNICO member Robert W. Pettinato was honored for his contributions to the community. Pettinato has been part of the UNICO community for 50 years. He co-founded La Festa Italiana in 1975 and has a background in entrepreneurship, civil engineering and as a public official. From left: Lori Chaffers, Executive Director of Outreach; Dino Darbenzio, Chairman of the Tournament Committee; Pettinato, Honorary Chair; Dr. Peter Cognetti, Scranton Chapter President; Jim Sagona, Scranton Chapter Board Chairman; Past National President and Tournament Co-Chair Chris DiMattio; and Tournament Co-Chair Jim Brogna.

What a memorable evening it was at the UNICO Scranton Charity Ball, on February 24th filled with the enchantment of Broadway!

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Melanie Naro, this year’s esteemed “UNICAN of the Year” and UNICO National Executive Director. Melanie truly exemplifies the core values of UNICO, and we applaud her dedication and contributions.

President Cav. Ralph Contini, accompanied by First Lady Maria-Rose, along with several PNPs and national officers, graced the event with their presence, adding to the evening’s festivities.

The night featured captivating musical renditions from various Broadway productions, making it an unforgettable celebration.🇮🇹🇺🇸


Please mail check and membership applications to UNICO Scranton Chapter: PO Box 278 Dunmore PA 18512