UNICO Makes Donation to Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative

Dunmore’s Keystone UNICO donated $500 to the Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative’s “Share the Journey Drive” fundraiser at Nay Aug Park as part of their ongoing community support during this COVID-19 Pandemic.

This was appropriate because so many have been under an unusual amount of emotional stress for over six months with this pandemic.  Donations can made on line at their website www.northeastsuicidepreventioninitiative.org.  

Shown at the check presentation are Tom Carlucci, Keystone board member; President Mike Nelson and Vice President Kathy Wallace of the Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative; Keystone Chapter President Mary Ann Coviello, Board Chairman Frank Coviello, UNICO PA II District Governor Cathy Bianchi, Michele McDade and Mark McDade, all Keystone UNICO Board Members.

UNICO Holds First Quarter Meeting

UNICO National PA II District Governor Cathy Bianchi recently conducted the First Quarter District Meeting at Fiorelli’s in Peckville.

Dunmore’s Keystone UNICO served as host chapter. Along with the District’s Chapters, UNICO National president Dr. Frank DeFrank, first vice president Dr. Peter Pettinato, second vice president Ralph Contini, and National administrator Sal Benvenuti were present. 

The evening included chapter presidents giving their chapter’s report and President DeFrank participated as the new member inducting officer and as the presenter of the Chapter Achievement Awards to the Binghamton, Carbondale and Keystone Chapters.All three received Achievement Certificates and Banner Patches.  

Keystone was recognized for taking second place in the national competition.  Keystone was also recognized for conducting the Best Local Special Project, which was their High School Choral Competition held in March at Lackawanna College. 

District Governor Cathy Bianchi was congratulated by President DeFrank on conducting an excellent and informative meeting.                  

UNICO Presents 2020 Brian Piccolo Awards

Piccolo Grippi 2Dunmore’s Keystone Chapter UNICO recently awarded its 2020 Brian Piccolo Awards to Lauren Grippi from Dunmore High School and Nicholas Tomassoni from Valley View High School.

This award is given to a Lackawanna County high school senior student athlete, male or female, who has exhibited excellence on the athletic field and in the classroom.  Furthermore, the student has displayed the attributes of Brian Piccolo as shown by hard work, dedication, loyalty, and teamwork.  The student must be recommended by their school’s athletic department and have traceable Italian ethnicity.  Brian Piccolo, a native of Pittsfield, MA, was a running back for the Chicago Bears who died at the early age of 26 from cancer.

At the presentation to Lauren Grippi are members of the Keystone UNICO Piccolo Committee, including  from left are Mark McDade, Nanine Gramigna, Awardee Lauren Grippi, Keystone president Frank Coviello, Ann Summa and Bob Kovatch. 

Lauren will further her studies at Penn State University.