Italian Cultural Center of Western MA, Inc.
56 Margaret St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Contact: Terry Galluzzo and Terry Regina
September 23, 2011
The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts and Mayor Domenic Sarno will hold a flag-raising ceremony Sept. 30 at noon at Springfield City Hall.
The event will kick off a number of activities planned during October, Italian Heritage Month. Following the ceremony, five honorees, including this year’s four Serviam Award winners will be presented in Room 220 in City Hall.
This year’s recipients are Delfo Barabani, veterans’ advocate; William Caruana, financial planner; Dr. Carol A. Leary; President of Bay Path College; and Judith A. Matt, Director of the Spirit of Springfield. Each share an Italian heritage and each has contributed significantly to the community.
The Amici Award recognizes an individual who is not of Italian heritage, but has contributed to the Italian-American community. David Costa, a long-time supporter of the Italian Cultural Center and other organizations, is the 2011 recipient of the award.
A reception will follow the program.
Other Italian Heritage Month activities include a Mass on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 8:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Springfield to be followed by a breakfast buffet at 9:45 a.m. at Storrowton Carriage House, West Springfield.
A “Taste of Italy” will be held Oct. 15 in the Mt. Carmel auditorium beginning at 5 p.m.
A dinner celebration at Storrowtown Carriage House will culminate the month on Oct. 28. The event will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. Cost for each ticket for the Oct. 9 breakfast is $18 and for the Oct. 28 dinner, $42.
For more information and tickets, contact T. Regina at (413) 785-5168.
Taste of Italy tickets will be available at the auditorium entrance on Oct. 15.
Proceeds will benefit the Italian Cultural Center and its activities, including Italian language classes for children and adults, Italian cooking classes, lectures on art and history. All events are open to the public.