CLUB NEWS PAGE 10 I talian A merican D igest WINTER 2017 Piu’ Grande Evento di Cefalutana T by Rose Brocato he 130th anniversary of our biggest event all year, our Festa honoring Gesu Salvatore took place on August 6, 2017. Gesu Salvatore is the patron saint of Cefalu. In Cefalu, Italy, the Festa there is also the big- gest event all year. In Cefalu, many celebrations take place for several days around the same time as we celebrate here in New Orleans. Mass was celebrated at Cabrini High School in the Sacred Heart Chapel at 11:00 AM by Reverend Michael Marascalco, who is a mem- ber of the Cefalutana Society. Lunch was then served at Andrea’s Restau- rant in Metairie. The menu consisted of Fettuccini Alfredo Italian salad with artichokes and olives. The en- trees included chicken Grande, fresh catch Ponte Vecchio or beef brocco- lini. An Italian dessert followed the delizioso meal. Of course, Joe DeNone was there to entertain all of the members and guests. Joe started the day of cel- ebration off with the United States of America and the Italian national anthems. Then various Italian favor- ites were played. The Societa Italiana di Mutua Beneficenza Cefalutana continues to award the Salvatore J. Serio Presi- dential Award. This year’s $1000 scholarship was presented to Cath- erine Washburn. She is a senior this year at Cabrini High School here in New Orleans. The Cefalutana Soci- ety would like to congratulate Cath- erine Washburn! There were 140 people in atten- dance for the 2017 Festa. There were seven new members in attendance at the Festa. There were also many dig- nitaries in attendance like Mr. Victor Musso, president of the American Italian Federation of the Southeast. We would also like to thank Judge Camille Buras and Mr. Tim McCo- nnell, New Orleans Fire Chief for attending. Please share your stories about the Festa with family and friends, as we are always hoping to find new members for the Cefalutana Society here in New Orleans. This is such a special event every year to see old friends and make new friends. On November 11, there was a spaghetti dinner held at the Italian Auto • Recreational Vehicles • Home Flood • Business • Life • Health Ann Sagona Lorio, AGENT Ann@annsagonains.com Sharon Martin, AGENT Sharon@annsagonains.com Nicholas A. Farley, AGENT Nick@annsagonains.com Photo courtesy Joe Battaglia The Cefalutana Society is open to anyone whose ancestors were born in Cefalu, Sicily. Pie in New Orleans. It was our last event of the year, but of course we are looking forward to 2018. We will have our annual business meeting in February so if you are interested in running for a position on the board, please contact our Presidente, Joe Battaglia. It is important for all our members to be involved and support this great group. Please remember to pay your dues for 2018 because this small amount allows the Cefalutana Society to continue to be able to of- fer the Festa free to our members, the most important event all year. Again, I would just like to remind you to visit our website for upcom- ing events. Please visit the web page www.cefalutanasociety.com. Also, please share the website with fam- ily members from out of town. To become a member of the society, your ancestors must have been born in Cefalu, Italy (Sicily). We would like to have even more members at the Festa in 2018 and we need your help, so please spread the word. The Societa Italian di Mutua Beneficenza Cefalutana would like to have its biggest Festa yet in 2018.