November 04, 2005
On Tuesday, November 1, 2005, St. John’s University was
the site for the celebration of the Annual New York City Italian
Heritage and Culture Event for the Borough of Queens. Over 500
people attended the event, including Helen Marshall, Queens Borough
Joseph Sciame, event coordinator and Vice-President for
Community Relations at St. John’s, and an honorary chair of
NYC-Italian Heritage and Culture Month (IHCM), stated: “Mrs.
Marshall is an ambassador of good will for all cultures and ethnic
groups. We are fortunate to have her at the helm in our borough,
especially in supporting Italian Heritage and Culture Month.” The
event included an awards proclamation ceremony in which the Borough
President recognized Queens citizenry among those active in Italian
The program started off with a greeting given by St.
John’s Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Lou Carnesecca. A salutation
followed by Vice Consul General of Italy, Dr. Paola Munzi,
representing the Republic of Italy.
An additional entertainment for 2005 was the choral performance
of the Il Coro del Lunedi from Rome, Italy. The Il Coro was founded
in 1979 by a group of friends who shared a love for the mountains
and Alpine music. Over the years, the group grew in number and
reparatory of the choir grew as well as to include all the regions
- Dominick Bruccoleri, proprietor of Douglaston Manor
- Linda DeSabato, President of Vallo Transportation
- Joseph Franco, proprietor of Caffé On the Green
- Thomas Galante, Director of Queens Libraries
- Georgiana Reese, New York Community Bank
- Rodolfo Sarchese, President of the Queens Federation
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