About UNICO

UNICO Kansas City MembersUNICO is the largest Italian-American service organization in the United States. The organization's objectives are to promote the image of Italian Americans, serve the community and contribute to charitable, cultural and educational organizations and projects. 

The Kansas City Chapter of UNICO was chartered in 1949 and, over the past 60 years, has raised and donated thousands of dollars annually to support organizations and individuals in the Kansas City area. Donations from the annual fish fry support the Italian language courses offered at St. Andrew School. And proceeds from all the other major events sponsored by UNICO go to the college scholarship program, offering assistance to help promising high school students continue their education and realize their civic potential. These events include the annual Festa Italiana, UNICO Microbrew Festival and other UNICO sponsored events.

This chapter takes great pride in its history, heritage and outstanding individual membership. It has produced three national presidents. It has provided category winners for every national award sponsored by UNICO National and, most importantly, has earned it place in our community for service to others and charitable contributions since its inception in 1949.

The UNICO motto is "Service Above Self." The entire chapter membership is committed to giving a hand up and helping people in need.

The Kansas City Chapter of UNICO National is a not-for profit under 501(c)(3). Every dollar generated by UNICO events supports its charitable endeavors.

UNICO's Values

Service Above Self

UNICO Translated from the Italian means "Only One of its Kind", and the letters are interpreted Unity — Neighborliness — Integrity — Charity and — Opportunity.

UNICO is not-for-profit under 501 (c)(3).

Words to Live By

"Unicans who eat together, stay together." -- Frank Cherrito

"To be a good Unican, you have to be a giver, not a taker." -- Phil Balano

Festa Italiana Sponsorships

Sponsorship opportunities are available for Festa Italiana 2014, May 30 - June 1, at Zona Rosa. Contact Frank Cherrito for more information.

Monthly Member Meetings

Join other UNICO members monthly to enjoy good Italian food, conversation and to stay up-to-date on the latest developments for the chapter.