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Veterans museum to pay tribute to Anthony Fornelli

The Italian American Veterans Museum will present founder and Chairman Anthony Fornelli with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a testimonial dinner on June 8 at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont. During a career that has spanned more than six decades, Fornelli has served at various levels of government; presided over half a dozen non-profits; raised or donated millions of dollars for charity; and earned nearly a dozen local, national and international honors. The son of Gennaro, who hailed from Naples, and Madelyn, who “hailed from Calabria by way of Des Moines, Iowa,” Tony grew up on Chicago’s ...

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JCCIA to present Bernardin Award to Cubs exec Lufrano

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will present Chicago Cubs executive Michael Lufrano with its prestigious Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Humanitarian Award at a gala on June 17 at the Loews Hotel in Rosemont. “During his 12-year tenure with the world champion Chicago Cubs, Mr. Lufrano has built strong bonds of trust with the community and has vastly expanded the team’s charitable reach,” says event chairman Jonathan Zivojnovic. “In his words and deeds, he reflects the spirit of our beloved late cardinal.” Lufrano serves as executive vice president, community affairs and chief legal officer for the Chicago Cubs. He joined ...

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Conference to spotlight legacy of St. Frances Cabrini

As part of the centenary of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, a panel of Chicago scholars and historians will explore the extraordinary impact and legacy of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini on the city of Chicago in the areas of education, healthcare, out-reach to immigrants. The event will take place on June 10 at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago. Presenters will be: Dr. Dominic Candeloro, professor, historian, author, former Executive Director of the American Italian Historical Association and curator of the Library at Casa Italia Dr. Sandro Corso, author and Director of Education for the Consulate General of ...

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IA Literati to spotlight local writers

IA Literati 2017 — Casa Italia’s 13th annual celebration of local Italian-American authors — will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 17 in the Florentine Room of the Italian Cultural Center in Stone Park. Book sales and signings, raffles, and a meet-and-greet with the authors will take place at 9:30 a.m., and authors will read from their works starting at 10 a.m. Several new authors such as Olivia Kate Cerrone, C.J. Martello, Christian Picciolini and Adam Seda will take part in the event along with veteran literati Bruno Cortis, Maria Di Marco, Mary E. Matury Gibson, ...

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Columbians go to bat for Miseracordia

    The Columbian Club of Chicago will host a Sunday brunch at 10 a.m. on June 4 at Miseracordia Home Chicago. The event will feature a performance by Miseracordia’s own group, The Heartbreakers, and raise funds to benefit the home’s more than 600 residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Proceeds from a split-the-pot will be donated directly to Miseracordia’s Family Market, which purchases items for families in need. The grand prize is a flat-screen TV. The requested donation is $50 for adults and $25 for children under the age of 14. For details, call Carmen Forte at 708-774-4812 or ...

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Calabresi to host casino night

The Calabresi in America Organization is rolling the dice on a brand-new event to raise funds for its scholarship program. CIAO will host its first-ever Casino Royale on June 3 under the Festival Center pavilion at Casa Italia. The evening will kick off with a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. with roulette, craps and black jack tables open from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $50 before May 26 and $60 at the door, and includes dinner, gaming, a gift bag, as well as music, entertainment and dancing.

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Casa language camp celebrates 13th year!

Students from grade school to high school who want to get away to Italy this summer need travel no further than Casa Italia in Stone Park. The camp is celebrating its 13th year. The Casa’s Italian Language & Culture Summer Camp will introduce children ages 4 to 16 to the language and culture of Italy through drama, storytelling, arts and crafts, games, sports, dance, music, cuisine and film. Campers will also learn about selected Italian regions and cities through geography, history, food and songs. Olympic-style events will be sponsored by CONI. The camp will conclude with a performance by the ...

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Casa gears up for annual soccer league

The Casa Italia Soccer League is ready to roll, but you’d better act quickly. Participation is open to all individuals and teams, but openings are limited, with priority given to teams sponsored by Italian-American organizations. Playing eight vs. eight on a smaller field, the league offers a great opportunity for enthusiasts over the age of 40 to continue playing. Players must be at least 18 and each team must have at least four players over the age of 35. Team rosters have no size limits, but must contain at least 10 players. (cisl.pertutti.us)

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Feast of San Giovanni Bosco SS. Crocifisso di Ciminna

The Feast of San Giovanni Bosco SS. Crocifisso Di Ciminna at Casa Italia in Stone Park is sponsored by Società San Giovanni Bosco SS. Crocifisso di Ciminna. Festivities culminate on June 4 with an 11:30 a.m. procession and noon Mass, followed by a family festival with food, live entertainment, a procession with the Sicilian Band of Chicago and a traditional parade of horses, and evening fireworks. A vespers service will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. on June 3 in the Casa Chapel. For details, call Tony Napoli at 847-537-3365.

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Feast of SS. Crocifisso di Ciminna

The Feast of SS. Crocifisso di Ciminna at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines is sponsored by Società SS. Crocifisso di Ciminna. Festivities culminate on June 11 with a 12:30 p.m. Mass, followed by a procession with the Sicilian Band of Chicago and the traditional parade of horses, and a family festival with food, live entertainment and evening fireworks. A vespers service at 6 p.m. on June 10 will be followed by live entertainment. For details, call Frank Faraci at 847-577-8230.

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