The Italian American Executives of Transportation held their 2015 Dinner Dance at Alta Villa Banquets on Nov. 22, 2015. Despite the snow, more than 600 were in attendance, making it once again one of the largest dinner dances of the year.
The IAET honored Ron Onesti, president of Onesti Entertainment, as Man of the Year. A titan in the Italian American community and entertainment industry, Ron generously donates his time and talents locally while entertaining audiences across the country.
Lou “Sonny” Nicotera was honored as Humanitarian of the Year. Sonny is one of the finest gentlemen you will ever meet. He is extremely active at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, serving as a Eucharistic minister and president of the Parish Council, working with seniors and serving on the Feast Committee and Holy Name Society.
Thanks to Ron, the entertainment was out of this world! The masters of ceremony were Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano. The Bronx Wanderers were the headline band, and they were spectacular. Guests included Jim Peterik of Ides of March, 38 Special and Survivor. Jim performed his hit, “Eye of the Tiger,” and Jimy Sohns of the Shadows of Knight performed his hit, “Gloria.” The Three Tenors, Jack Miuccio and others performed during dinner.
Scholarships totaling $46,000 were awarded to 30 deserving students. “We take great pride in knowing many talented and deserving students have received assistance from our scholarship program,” IAET President Vito D’Ambrosio said. “The funding came mainly from our many sponsors and supporters.”
This year’s event will be on Nov. 19, 2016, at Alta Villa Banquets. Sam Cincinelli, president of Mechanic’s Union 701, will be honored as Man of the Year. IAET member Al and Marlene Comella of Violet Flower Shop will be honored as Humanitarians for their work battling breast cancer.