UNICO Members Help at Annual Easter Basket Giveaway

Keystone UNICO pitched in to help recently at the Friends of the Poor Annual Food and Easter Basket Give-Away at the Scranton Cultural Center.

Shown from left: Michele McDade, Eileen Kovatch, Toni and Gene DiVizio and Val Riggi bagged canned vegetables and fresh produce items for distribution. 


Keystone UNICO members active at the Friends of the Poor Annual Food and Easter Basket Give-Away at the Scranton Cultural Center included Lenore and Ed Latarewicz who helped with the distribution of Easter baskets.

Random Act of Kindness Benefits Ukrainians

As part of the Keystone Chapter UNICO “Random Act of Kindness” program, members of the Keystone UNICO Board of Directors presented a $500 check to Father Myron Myronyuk, pastor of Saint Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church, to be distributed to the needs of the Ukrainian citizens during this difficult time. 

This is the second $500 donation to be made to the Ukrainian Relief by Keystone UNICO.  Monetary donations are still needed and being accepted.  To donate, make your check payable and sent to Saint Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church, 430 North Seventh Ave., Scranton, PA18503.

Pictured from left are Sylvia Tagert, Mark McDade, Frank Coviello, Val Riggi, Father Myron Myronyuk, Bob Tagert, Michele McDade, President Mary Ann Coviello, Louise Ligi, Toni DiVizio and Marilyn Vitali. 

Keystone UNICO to Mark 10th Anniversary

Committee Members planning Keystone UNICO’s Pig Roast/Tenth Anniversary planned to benefit ClothesLine For Men include, front row, from left: Michele McDade, Bob and Sylvia Tagert, anniversary cochairs; Meghan Loftus, CEO and president, Friends of the Poor; Bonnie Haluska, volunteer program manager for ClothesLine for Men, and Mary Ann Coviello, Keystone UNICO president.  standing from left: Nanine Gramigna, Bob and Sandy Collins, Mark McDade, Frank Coviello, Diane Beckage, MaryLou Karliak, Tom Carlucci, Cathy Gerard, Cesira Berardelli, Gloria Rizzo, Toni DiVizio, Nancy Malone, Val Riggi, Louise Ligi, Ann Summa, and Jim Mack.  

Dunmore’s Keystone Chapter UNICO has begun the planning of its Tenth Anniversary to be held on Saturday, April 23, at Fiorelli’s Catering & Banquet Hall, Peckville.  

Keystone UNICO was chartered in Dunmore on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  At the time, no one could recall a larger UNICO National Chapter being chartered, nor has there been one since.  

For close to 10 years, it has held the distinction of being the second largest chapter in UNICO National and has been recognized by National for its accomplishments yearly.  

An average of three scholarships are awarded per year and charitable donations are awarded monthly.  The Anniversary Committee has been hard at work to make this 10th Anniversary a special evening.  “ClothesLine For Men,” a sub-division of the “Friends of the Poor,” will be the primary beneficiary for this event.  The event will have a Black and White Theme and formal attire will be welcomed but not required.  

There will be entertainment for listening and dancing pleasure by ‘Frank and Toby,” along with a surprise or two.  

On hand will be the following raffles: The Italian Money Umbrella; Wilbur the Classic Italian Maiale, with his belly filled with cash, and the ever-popular Italian Basket Raffle.  

Nick Toma, WYOU/WBRE TV Newscaster, will be announcing the raffle winners.  All guests will receive a souvenir photo taken that evening by Richard Banick.  

The dinner will be Fiorelli’s Famous UNICO Pig Roast buffet.  Sponsorship opportunities and program book ads are available by calling Mark McDade at 570-343-7009.  

This event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased from all chapter members or by calling President Mary Ann Coviello at 570-344-3737 or Michele McDade at 570-343-7009. ​