MISS COLUMBUS 2012 ELECTED AT THE ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP DINNER
Article by Tiziano Thomas Dossena, published by Eastchester Rising, October 12, 2012
Sponsored by the Generoso Pope Foundation, the Giuseppe Garibaldi Lodge # 2583 – Order Sons of Italy, and the Eastchester Italian American Citizens Club, the Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance has taken place on September 28 in the splendid Fountainhead catering hall of New Rochelle. A seemingly never-ending flow of dishes, ranging from osso buco with polenta to freshly caught red snapper, from tagliolini with mushroom to fried calamari, satiated the refined palates of the 450 invitees to the event.
Introduced by the President of the Garibaldi Lodge of the Sons of Italy, Vito Catania, who was the official Master of Ceremonies, the spectacular tenor Teo Ricciardella inspired and moved the listeners with his powerful voice, giving emotional renditions of songs by Frank Sinatra, Lucio Dalla, Paul Anka and many more.
The night was fulfilling under all aspects, and nothing else would be asked by the people in attendance, among whom there were numerous dignitaries, but for the name of the Scholarship winner, Miss Columbus 2012, who will represent her community at the yearly Eastchester/Tuckahoe Columbus Day Parade, the stunning Jessica Gulotta.
Present at the event were also the winners of the preceding editions, the Men of the Year, John J. Pappalardo Sr. and John D. Pappalardo, and various members of the De Pippo family, who received the Family Legacy Award.