Preserving traditions—FIAO held its 36th annual gala

April 25, 2013 Editorial Staff
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Thirty-six years of celebrating accomplishments at their best were at the forefront as the Federation of Italian-American Organizations (FIAO) held its annual gala on April 7 at El Caribe Country Club, in Mill Basin– honoring community leaders and students graduating from high school.

“It was an outstanding opportunity to somewhat look at the future,” said FIAO Chairperson Jack Spatola.

It was also a chance to recognize stellar honorees. This year’s honorees included Rocco and Enza Coluccio, awarded with the organization’s Humanitarian Award; Dr. Calogero Gambino, who received the Distinguished Italian-American Award; Celeste Scarpaci-Huta, honored for her Community Service and Leadership; and Aldo Mancusi, who received the Community Service and Leadership Award.

Spatola listed some of the group’s achievements, including the “State of the Art” Cultural Center opening in Bensonhurst in October, in conjunction with the area’s annual Columbus Day Parade, as well as a variety of after-school and leadership programs.

Six hundred people were in attendance at the 36th annual gala.

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