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.

8th Annual Cpt. James R. Minicozzi Memorial Race scheduled:

The Cpt. James R. Minicozzi Race Committee Members through the UNICO National Scranton Chapter have started planning the 8th Annual Cpt. James R. Minicozzi  Memorial Race (5K Run/1 Mile Walk) taking place over Labor Day weekend on Saturday, August 31st @ 10am in downtown Scranton; during LaFesta Italiana. Pre-registration is available at Donation is $20 & the first 100 participants are guaranteed a sports package of tote, race t-shirt & sport bottle. Mail-in forms could be printed from Proceeds benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA for their children’s annual Christmas Party & College Scholarships, at his alma mater, West Scranton High School. (Photo) Sitting (L to R): Sue Marullo, Jake Sweeney, Theresa Mary Minicozzi Sweeney, Leslie Minicozzi Galacci (Chairperson) & Saige Sweeney. Standing: Linda Stefursky, Thom Welby, Mary Marrara, Gail Cicerini & John Trapani (Co-Chair).

Scranton Chapter, UNICO National, recently volunteered at the annual MDA Black & Blue Ball.

From left are: Lynda Cooke, Joanne Quattrone, Roseann Giordano, Melanie Naro, Chapter President; Bill Ginello, Nancy Ginello, Ginny Rescigno, Mike Rescigno, Mary Ann Rubin.


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