UNICO Charity Pig Roast Set for April 6th

unico pig roast committee

Committee members of Keystone Chapter UNICO recently met to discuss plans for its seventh annual Charity Pig Roast to be held on Saturday, April 6.  The major recipient of funds raised will be Dress for Success Lackawanna, whose mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Since 1999, Dress for Success Lackawanna has provided business attire, a much-needed boost of confidence, and job retention and career advancement services to more than 6,000 women throughout six counties in NE Pennsylvania.

For reservations, contact Michele McDade at 570-343-7009.

Shown seated are: Lenore Latarewicz, Nanine Gramigna, Keystone Chapter president; Mary Ann Iezzi, Dress for Success executive director, and Sylvia and Bob Tagert, co-chairs of the Pig Roast fundraiser. Standing are members Mark McDade, Ray Tropeano, James Mack, Frank Coviello, Sandy Collins, Bob Collins, Mary Ann Coviello, Louise Ligi, Ann Summa, Toni DiVizio, Nancy Angeloni, Sharon Gombita, Valerie Riggi, Michele McDade, Marilyn Vitali and Nancy Malone.

Arc of NEPA Benefits from UNICO’s Annual Pig Roast

Pig Roast 2018 Check Presentation to The Arc (2)

Dunmore’s Keystone Chapter UNICO National presented $6,740 to The Arc of NEPA from the proceeds of their sixth Anniversary Pig Roast.

Pictured at the check presentation, from left: Mark McDade, Chapter Charter president; Valerie Riggi, Chapter treasurer; Frank Coviello, event cochairman; Maryclaire Kretsch, Arc of NEPA executive director; Bob Collins, event cochairman; Cathy Bianchi, Chapter Board chairwoman; and Cathy Gerard, Chapter president.


UNICO’s Sixth Annual Charity Pig Roast

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Dunmore’s Keystone Chapter UNICO National recently host its sixth annual Charity Pig Roast at Fiorelli’s Catering in Peckville.  The theme for this event was “An Evening in Venice.”

The room was decked out with several Venetian murals and there was even a gondola created by Joe Mullen and painted by David Schulte’s students from Scranton High School.  The major beneficiary was The Arc of Northeastern PA.

The evening began with an enjoyable cocktail hour of open bar and butlered hors d’oeuvres during which the guests had the opportunity to have their picture taken by professional photographer Rich Banick. The program began with co-chairmen Bob Collins and Frank Coviello welcoming the guests.  

The invocation was given by Toni DiVizio and recognition was made of the recent passing of Keystone Chapter’s Charter Member Sandy Cancelleri.  Sergeant- at-Arms Tom Carlucci led with the pledge of allegiance. Chapter president Cathy Gerard gave a short presentation on the mission of UNICO and then introduced Past PA II District Governor Peter Noto, who acknowledged  all dignitaries present.

President Gerard then introduced UNICO National Executive Vice-president Lee Norelli, who spoke on the mission of UNICO National. Other UNICO representatives present were First Vice-president UNICO National Dr. Frank DeFrank; District Governor of UNICO PA II Dr. Peter Pettinato; Past District Governor of UNICO PA I and representing the Wilkes Barre UNICO Chapter Dominick Ortolani; president of the Carbondale Chapter UNICO Yvonne Gatto; and UNICO National Past President Glenn Pettinato.  

Past National Membership Director and Keystone Charter President Mark McDade introduced Maryclaire Kretsch, the Arc of NEPA’s Executive Director, who spoke on The Arc’s mission in our community.  After dinner, the guests were treated to a performance from “Beauty and The Beast” by dancers Robert Zaloga and Ginger Cruz under the artistic direction of Helen Gaus of the Scranton Civic Ballet Company.  

Then, special guest, Newscaster Nick Toma of WBRE TV took over and announced  the raffle winners. Benediction was offered by Sandra Collins and “EJ the DJ” entertained the guests for the remainder of the evening.