Italian American Digest DIGEST Winter 2017 Final

Vol. 44 No. 4 33rd Annual Winter 2017 S ports Gold Row Seating may be reserved at $225 per person, Silver Seat- ing is $175, and AICC Member seating is $150. Reserved tables can seat 8 or 10 per- sons. To purchase tick- ets or donate a silent auction item, contact the AIRF at (504) 522- 7294 or email ques- tions@americanitalian- culturalcenter.com. G ala Scheduled for January 20, 2018 T F ranco H arris 2018 National Honoree he 33rd Annual Louisiana American Ital- ian Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Saturday January 20 at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel. The event honors contributions of Italian Americans in sports, entertainment, medicine, and civic leadership. Proceeds benefit the American Italian Cultural Center and fund scholarships for high school seniors excelling in academics and athletics. See complete list of inductees starting on page 4. American Italian Woman of the Year Award S alvador A nselmo , S r . G eorge R andazzo R obert B runo Joseph I. Giarrusso Civic Award M ary P errin Circulation 20,000 B obby R ydell Louis Prima Arts & Entertainment Award Joseph Maselli Heritage Award American Italian Veteran Award Pope Francis Blesses John Paul II Statue to Adorn St. Louis Cathedral Joseph C. Canizaro Family, Mr. & Mrs. Capomazza di Campolattaro, n November 15, Pope Francis John Francis Carrere Family, Mr. blessed the statue of Saint Pope & Mrs. Camille A. Cutrone, Mrs. John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square at H Mortimer Favrot Jr., Hamrick- the Vatican. The statue, which com- Gaiennie Families, Mr. and Mrs. memorates St. Pope John Paul II’s Hugh Lambert, Mr. & Mrs. Robert visit to New Orleans in 1987, will be E. Smith Lupo, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph placed directly in front of St. Louis Maselli, Michael Maselli Family, the Cathedral. Maselli Family, the Monteleone Fam- Local Italian artist Franco Ales- ily, Jeri and Bob Nims Foundation, sandrini spent the last eight months Henry and Pat Shane, and Mr. & Mrs. sculpting the statue in Sansepolcro. Joseph Toomy. Without their support, This gift from the Archdiocese to this project would not have been pos- the citizens of New Orleans for the sible. Tricentennial in 2018 will be installed If you would like to make a dona- after a special mass at the cathedral tion to the St. Pope John Paul II fund, Franco Alessandrini and AIRF chair- on January 7. please call the AIRF at (504) 522- man Frank Maselli with Alessandrini’s A special grazie to our donors: the 7294. sculpture of St. Pope John Paul II O by Megan Celona