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Italian Heritage Month 2014

Italian Heritage Month 2014 Kickoff
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
October 6, 2014

The kickoff event for the 2014 Cleveland Italian American Heritage Month took place in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on October 4, 2014. The recognition ceremony was sponsored by the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee with Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone serving as Honorary Co-Chairs.

Matt Zone

Matt Zone


Councilman Zone welcomed the crowd to the celebration and introduced Father Richard Rasch from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish for the invocation.

Father Richard Rasch gives invocation

Father Richard Rasch gives invocation



Then Andrea Anelli of Opera per Tutti sang both the Italian and US national anthems.

Andrea Anelli sings national anthem

Andrea Anelli sings national anthem



Crowd as Andrea Anelli sings national anthem


Councilman Zone introduced Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson who thanked the people who worked so hard to make the event happen. He also praised the diversity of Cleveland and congratulated the Italian community for their contributions.

Mayor Frank Jackson

Mayor Frank Jackson



Italian American Heritage Committee member Rose Zitiello introduced the rest of the committee and also thanked Umberto Fedeli for providing the dinner.

Rose Zitiello

Rose Zitiello



Then Matt Zone introduced Basil Russo, the National President of Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA).

Basil Russo

Basil Russo



Three Italian American Heritage Committee Awards were presented. The first was to Connie Sancetta who has been president of the Italian American Cultural Foundation since 2007. She is also secretary of the Cleveland Italian Ancestral Organization and holds other positions as well. She was honored in the Individual category.

Connie Sancetta

Connie Sancetta



Mayor Jackson, Connie Sancetta and Matt Zone

Mayor Jackson, Connie Sancetta and Matt Zone


Joe Marinucci was honored next. Joe currently serves as the president and CEO of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. Joseph was born in Giuliano Teatino in Abruzzo Italy and his family migrated to the Little Italy section of Cleveland in 1956. Joe was honored in the Public Service category.

Joe Marinucci

Joe Marinucci



Mayor Jackson, Joe Marinucci and Matt Zone

Mayor Jackson, Joe Marinucci and Matt Zone

Italian born artist Marcello Mellino, M.D., was the third honoree. The Consulate of Italy in Detroit is presenting 'Savoring EATalia', an exhibit of Mellino's photographs. Marcello was honored in the Artist category.

Marcello Mellino



Mayor Jackson and Marcello Mellino

Mayor Jackson and Marcello Mellino


Serena Scaiola, Honorary Consul of Italy in Cleveland, said that 5% of Cleveland's population has Italian heritage.

Italian Consul Serena Scaiola

Italian Consul Serena Scaiola



Enjoy these other images from the event.

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Christopher Columbus

Is that Christopher Columbus?


Consul Serena Scaiola and ISDA President Basil Russo

Consul Serena Scaiola and ISDA President Basil Russo


Passing bread after dinner

Passing bread after dinner


Rose Zitiello, Serena Scaiola and Councilman Dona Brady

Rose Zitiello, Serena Scaiola and Councilman Dona Brady


Peg Bordonaro group


Ladies at Cleveland Italian event


Priest and Matt Zone


Councilman Joe Cimperman and son

Councilman Joe Cimperman and son


Connie Sancetta, Rose Zitiello, Andrea Anelli and Father Richard Rasch

Connie Sancetta, Rose Zitiello,
Andrea Anelli and Father Richard Rasch


Guests at Italian heritage Month


Italian American Heritage stage


Italian American heritage Month banner in Cleveland


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