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Italian Heritage Month 2017 kickoff

Italian Heritage Month 2017 kickoff
October 2, 2017
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda

The official opening of a month-long celebration of the Italian-American Community in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio was held on Monday October 2, 2017 in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

Italian Heritage Month in Cleveland City Hall banner

Councilman Matt Zone served as MC and welcomed the crowd.

Councilman Matt Zone

Councilman Matt Zone


Matt Zone introduced Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez who mentioned that he said some Italian heritage. The Bishop also prayed for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

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Bishop Nelson Perez

Bishop Nelson Perez


Next, Matt introduced Giovanni Castiglione who sang the national anthem of Italy and Billy Donato who sang the national anthem of the United States.



Giovanni Castiglione

Giovanni Castiglione

Billy Donato

Billy Donato


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson who spoke about the contributions of Italian Americans.



Mayor Frank Jackson

Mayor Frank Jackson


Then, Matt Zone introduced Pamela Dorazio Dean, Chair and Rose Zitiello, Treasurer of the committee who introduced the other committee members and sponsors.



Pamela Dorazio Dean

Pamela Dorazio Dean

Rose Zitiello

Rose Zitiello


Honorary Italian Consul Serena Scaiola who told of accomplishments of Italians and of a special photo exhibit of Italy in City Hall.



Honorary Italian Consul Serena Scaiola

Honorary Italian Consul Serena Scaiola


Basil Russo, the president of the National Italian Sons and Daughters of America, told why Columbus Day is important.



Basil Russo

Basil Russo


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Next came the Awards Ceremony. Committee Chair Pamela Dorazio Dean introduced brothers Aldo and Roberto Campellone who were awarded the Business Award.



Aldo Campellone

Aldo Campellone

Roberto Campellone

Roberto Campellone

Matt Zone, Bishop Perez, Consul Scaiola, Roberto and Aldo Campellone and Mayor Jackson

Matt Zone, Bishop Perez, Consul Scaiola,
Roberto and Aldo Campellone and Mayor Jackson


Julius Ciaccia Jr. was awarded the Public Servant Award.



Julius Ciaccia Jr.

Julius Ciaccia Jr.

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Serena Scaiola, Bishop Perez, Julius Ciaccia Jr., Matt Zone and Mayor Jackson


Lorraine Dodero was awarded the Cultural Arts Award.



 Lorraine Dodero

Lorraine Dodero

Serena Scaiola, Bishop Perez,  Lorraine Dodero, Matt Zone and Mayor Jackson

Serena Scaiola, Bishop Perez, Lorraine Dodero,
Matt Zone and Mayor Jackson


Gino Latessa was awarded the Individual Award.



Gino Latessa

Gino Latessa

Bishop Perez, Serena Scaiola, Gino Latessa, Matt Zone and Mayor Jackson

Bishop Perez, Serena Scaiola, Gino Latessa,
Matt Zone and Mayor Jackson


Committee Chair Pamela Dorazio Dean introduced Paula Leonette, the daughter of the late Paul Sciria, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. A portrait of Paul Sciria was brought on stage.



Portrait of Paul Sciria

Paula Leonette

Paula Leonette

Paula Leonette

Bishop Perez, Sernea Scaiola, Paula Leonette, Matt Zone, Rose Zitiello, Mayor Jackson and portrait of Paul Sciria

Bishop Perez, Serena Scaiola, Paula Leonette, Matt Zone,
Rose Zitiello, Mayor Jackson and portrait of Paul Sciria

Billy Donato was awarded the Performing Arts Award.



Billy Donato

Billy Donato

Bishop Perez, Serena Scaiola, Billy Donato, Rose Zitiello, Matt Zone and Mayor Jackson

Bishop Perez, Serena Scaiola, Billy Donato, Rose Zitiello,
Matt Zone and Mayor Jackson


After receiving the Performing Arts Award, Billy Donato performed a few songs. Here are some clips of God Bless the USA, That's Amore, Hang on Sloopy and My Way.



Billy Donato singing

Billy Donato


Billy Donato singing

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a sumptuous Italian buffet and wine.

Enjoy these other images from Italian Heritage Month event at City Hall.

Bishop Nelson Perez and Councilman Matt Zone

Bishop Nelson Perez and Councilman Matt Zone


Umberto Fedeli and Basil Russo

Umberto Fedeli and Basil Russo


Councilman Blaine Griffin, Angie Spitalieri and Joe Marinucci

Councilman Blaine Griffin, Angie Spitalieri and Joe Marinucci


Bishop Nelson Perez and Fr. Don Oleksiak, the Dicoese Moderator of the Curia.

Bishop Nelson Perez and Fr. Don Oleksiak,
the Diocese Moderator of the Curia.


Umberto Fedeli, Angie Spitalieri and Matt Zone

Umberto Fedeli, Angie Spitalieri and Matt Zone


Crowd in the Rotunda for Italian Heritage event

Crowd in the Rotunda for Italian Heritage event



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