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The Greater Rockford Italian American Association (GRIAA) invites the community to its annual Italian Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort, where area Italian Americans will be honored for their work.
For nearly two decades, this annual event has paid tribute to local Italian Americans for their contributions to the community. In addition to bestowing the Hall of Fame Award, three individuals will also be presented with Special Recognition awards for their outstanding achievement in various fields of endeavor. The GRIAA Hall of Fame Committee selects the awardees who are nominated by their friends, family, co-workers and the community at large.
The Hall of Fame Banquet’s social hour is at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The awards ceremony begins at 8 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Mike Alongi Trio.
Hall of Fame inductees this year are Ben Todaro and Paul Mastrangeli. Special Recognition awardees are Dr. Joseph Nicolosi (“Nicolosi”) in Art, and Joseph and Carl Scandroli in Business.
The cost for the dinner is $30, and reservations are requested. Checks should be made payable to GRIAA and mailed to P.O. Box 1915, Rockford, IL 61110-0415. Please specify your dinner choice of Petite Filet Mignon and Herb Crusted Chicken or Vegetarian Ratatouille Crepes in a tomato basil sauce. For any questions, call Rosie Scalise Sheridan at (815) 978-4779 or Gene Fideli at (815) 877-2888.