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JCCIA division to honor 11 stellar women

Italian-American women will command the spotlight when the JCCIA Women’s Division stages its Impresa Awards Gala on Oct. 1 at the Medinah Country Club. (708-450-9050) The event will honor the following outstanding individuals: Lissa Druss Christman, public affairs specialist and award-winning journalist; Andrea Collaro, senior director, Walgreens Boots Alliance; Emilia DeMenco, president and CEO, Women’s Development Center; Jessica D’Onofrio, general assignment reporter, ABC 7; Catherine DeOrio, host, “Check Please,” WTTW; Felicia Ferrone, award-winning industrial and furniture designer; Jomarie Fredericks, deputy general counsel, Rotary International; Toni Ginnetti, groundbreaking Chicago sportswriter; Gloria Nardini, scholar, educator and author; Dr. Louise Sclafani, director, Optometric ...

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ARSA to honor Sicilian Band at Sapori di Sicilia

Associazione Regionale Siciliana in America will stage Sapori di Sicilia at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 at Altavilla Banquets in Addison. The event will feature an extensive array of Sicilian appetizers followed by a sumptuous dinner, music and dancing. This year, ARSA will honor the Sicilian Band of Chicago for its decades-long commitment to celebrating Italy’s musical traditions in America. A staple at patron feast celebrations across the Chicago area and around the country, the ensemble plays everything from centuries-old folk melodies to stirring symphonic and operatic numbers to more modern Italian and American tunes. “One of our main objectives ...

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OSIA to honor Chef Abate, Rep. DeLuca at Columbus Gala

OSIA to honor Abate, DeLuca at Columbus Gala The Order Sons of Italy in America’s Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin will honor Chef Bruno Abate as Humanitarian of the Year and State Rep. Anthony DeLuca as Columbus Patriot at their 93rd annual Columbus Banquet on Oct. 7 at Villa Brunetti in Franklin Park. (708-403-7822) Chef Bruno Abate Born in Naples and raised in Milan, Chef Abate has a passion for food and fashion that was inspired at an early age by his parents. His mother was an accomplished chef and his father was a tailor. Abate opened his first ...

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Lauretana to take flight again in Niles

After an enormously successful move from Berwyn to Niles two years ago, the Feast of Maria SS. Lauretana has much to be proud of as it looks forward to its third year in the near north suburb. “(The city of Niles) has welcomed us with open arms, and they have given us all the cooperation and respect in the world,” says Joe Camarda, president of Congregazione Maria SS. Lauretana di Altavilla Milicia in Chicago. “It has been going beautifully, and we haven’t seen a turnout like we’ve had in a long time.” Camarda also offered his undying gratitude to the ...

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CONI invites kids to go for the gold in Italy

CONI is inviting boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14 to participate in Trophy 2017 from Sept. 21 to 24 in Senigallia, Ancona, Marche, Italy. The competition is open to children who are of Italian descent via at least one of eight great-grandparents. Trophy Kinder + Sport 2017 is a summer Olympics-style youth competition organized by CONI, the Italian National Olympic Committee. More than 3,000 Italian boys and girls from all over Italy will compete in a variety of sports as they have for the last three years. This program is not only a sport competition but ...

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Chef Abate to host first Recipe for Change fundraiser

Chef Bruno Abate will host his first annual fundraiser on behalf of Recipe for Change from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Morgan’s on Fulton in Chicago. The owner of Tocco in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, Abate launched Recipe for Change to offer dignity and opportunity to inmates at Cook County Jail through the introduction of healthy food, good nutrition and the art of quality cooking. (rfcfundraiser2017.bpt.me)

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Villa Cesare to offer bocce bonanza

Villa Cesare in Schererville will host an indoor bocce league starting Sept. 11. Open to all levels of skill and experience, the league will gather at 6:30 p.m. each Monday for seven weeks. Two games will be played each night, with a single elimination playoff in Week 7. Teams of four play each game, but more than four members are allowed on the roster. “Subs are cool, but forfeits are not,” says league organizer John Bianardi. The entrance fee is $140 per team or $35 per player, and covers food and an open bar. (villabocce@gmail.com)

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Festa di Tutti i Santi

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will celebrate Festa di Tutti i Santi on Sept. 17. Festivities will begin with a Mass at 11 a.m., followed by a procession of saints and banners from the Shrine to Arrigo Park. A family picnic from noon to 5 p.m. will include food and beverages for purchase, a Pot of Gold raffle, children’s activities, a bocce tournament, a photo exhibit and live entertainment. Reserved tables for $140 include 10 chairs under a tent and $20 in tickets for food or children’s games. (www.ourladyofpompeii.org)

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Feast of Maria SS. Incoronata

The Feast of Maria SS. Incoronata is a testimony to the power of faith. The celebration has survived for more than a century at the same church, despite the transformation of the community from a thriving Italian enclave into one of the nation’s premier Chinatowns. The 120th annual feast will be celebrated on Sept. 10 at St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church in Chicago. Festivities will begin with an 11 a.m. Mass, followed by a procession featuring the Sicilian Band of Chicago, an angel ceremony at Santa Lucia Church at 3 p.m., and a Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 4 ...

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Radio Maria to host fifth annual banquet

The Endowment for Radio Maria and the Poor will raise funds for both causes at its fifth annual banquet at 3 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Pescatore Palace in Franklin Park. The event will feature entertainment by Loris Giannoni, better known as “DJ Italian Gold.” A Catholic radio program broadcast around the world in several languages, Radio Maria is spearheaded locally in Italian by the Rev. August Feccia. Tickets are $40 per person with a cash bar, and sponsorships ranging from $50 to $500 are available. Call Luci Mordini at 847-651-1166 or Clara La Barbera at 708-453-5502 to make reservations.

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