March 2013


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I want to thank everyone that came out and helped volunteer at our annual fish dinner. Also, thank you to everyone who sold tickets for us. This year’s fish fry was one of our best yet - great work by all!

We are only about 75 days away from this year's Festa, and the committee is in full force with planning of this year’s 2013, event which will once again be held at Zona Rosa, May 31st, June 1st & 2nd. Each year, we call upon our members to help in any way they can; whether it's purchasing an ad, banner, or volunteering at the event. We need your support and help to make this event another successful year.

Here is what is available:

  1. Family Banners or Business Banners: 2'x2' banner recognizing a business, family name, or in memory of someone. $100 and yours to keep after the Festa. Email Shellie if you'd like to purchase a banner or download the form and mail it in.
  2. Ads in the Festa Publication and banner combo: Ads starting at $49. Email Shellie for more information.
  3. VIP Tables for Friday and Saturday Evening: Catered by Mike Garozzo on Friday and Mike and Charlie's on Saturday. This entertainment, at the Festa Italiana this year is an amazing lineup. Front Row Seating for Featured Entertainment, White Linen Covered Tables. Table seats 10 and comes with 5 Bottles of Wine. Reserved from 6pm to 11pm. Donation is $1,500 either night. Email Frank.

It is our belief that we need to continue to add new features year after year so this year we are adding another eating contest along with making our ‘Wine Tasting’ one that we will all be proud of. This is a long shot, but we are also looking into a UNICO celebrity dunk tank - UNICO celebrities may include, Mike Cucchiara Sr., Chuck Romano and others...stay tuned! Jerry Viviano is working his magic and has many new acts that will grace our stage:

Friday Headliner: The Bronx Wanderers: The Ultimate Tribute to Frankie Valli, The 4 Seasons and Dion.

Saturday Headliner: Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals.

Sponsorships are coming in and the Festa publication promises to be the best yet as one of our newest members, Shellie Holsted, is on a record pace.

Not to beat a dead horse, but we would like for everyone to keep top of mind is that the more corporate sponsorships we are able to secure, the less up front risk/exposure we have, so if you have any leads please pass them on to Frank or I to pursue.

In closing, I just want to say that what we do is a group effort and I’m honored to lead this organization which truly defines “Service above Self”. We may not be the largest Chapter in UNICO - currently #3, but we are a close knit group that knows how to get things done.

Bene a te stesso,
Michael Mange

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