2014-10-15 / Front Page

ITALIAN HERITAGE CELEBRATED


Councilmember Paul Vallone hosted the Columbus Day Celebration of Italian Heritage with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilmember Vincent Gentile, during which Proclamations were presented to Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens and Professor Joseph V. Scelsa, founder and president of the Italian American Museum. Councilmember Paul Vallone hosted the Columbus Day Celebration of Italian Heritage with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilmember Vincent Gentile, during which Proclamations were presented to Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens and Professor Joseph V. Scelsa, founder and president of the Italian American Museum. Councilmember Paul Vallone hosted the Columbus Day Celebration of Italian Heritage with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilmember Vincent Gentile at City Hall on October 8. Nearly 300 friends, families, guests and dignitaries joined in a celebration that filled City Hall’s Council Chambers.

Vallone proudly presented Proclamations to Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, as well as Professor Joseph V. Scelsa, founder and president of the Italian American Museum. Both honorees are distinguished figures of the Italian American community, devoting their efforts to educating the American public about Italian heritage. The audience enjoyed renditions of the national anthems of the United States and Italy by renowned tenor Teo Ricciardella, as well as a touching performance of “God Bless America” by Vallone’s daughter, Catena. Guests were also treated to an original performance by the Landrum School of Dance from Whitestone.

“The Columbus Day Celebration of Italian Heritage at City Hall was a true testament of what the Italian American community is all about – family, faith, pride in our country and always celebrating our heritage. It was truly an amazing night for all, and I am blessed by the great turnout from my family, friends and guests. I am also grateful for the support from my co-sponsors, our Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilmember Vincent Gentile,” said Vallone.

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