MAHOPAC,N.Y. - The Italian American Club (IAC) of Mahopac has announced the names of the 2018 grand marshals of the Putnam County Columbus Day Parade and Festivities. The grand marshals are Regina Morini and Michael Simone, and the honorary grand marshals are Salvatore Pascarella and Angelo Pugliese.

Morini is a longtime volunteer and dedicated member of the Lake Mahopac Rotary Club, the Lake Mahopac Garden Club, and Eucharistic minister for St. John the Evangelistic Church. She formerly served on the board of trustees of Putnam Hospital Center, Hospice of Westchester and Putnam, United Way of Westchester and Putnam, American Cancer Society and the Mahopac Historical Society. She served as assistant county executive and member of the Putnam County Legislature. 

“We are proud to recognize Regina for her achievements and sustained dedication through the years in serving our community,” said Giulio Cefaloni, president of the IAC.

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Simone is the highway superintendent for the town of Carmel, a trustee for the Mahopac Board of Education, a member of the Westchester & Putnam Association of Town Highway Superintendents, a member of the Prevention Council of Putnam and treasurer for Putnam Community Cares.

“We are proud to recognize Mike for his commitment to the people and Town of Carmel and for all his volunteer efforts that benefit so many,” said Cefaloni.

Pascarella and Pugliese are longtime members and contributors to the Italian American Club, volunteering their time and talents to enhance the club through the years. 

In addition, this year the Italian American Citizen’s Club of Mahopac will be celebrating its 90th anniversary. Cefaloni said that together with many other families, the Morini and Simone families were instrumental in the formation and construction of the Italian American Club of Mahopac beginning in 1928. Besides the Columbus Day Parade, Dinner Dance and Concert, the club sponsors many events for the community, including a homemade wine-tasting competition, Putnam’s Got Talent Show, Evening in the Piazza, bocce tournaments and many other social and cultural events. Scholarships and benevolent giving are also part of the club’s mission. 

“Since the Italian American Club was constructed and continues to be improved almost entirely through the volunteer efforts of its members, it is fitting that we honor two descendants of these families, Regina Morini and Mike Simone, who continue to represent the spirit of volunteerism, as they follow in the footsteps of their ancestors,” Cefaloni said. 

All the honorees, including Little Miss Columbus, Laura Deleg, and Miss Columbus, Hannah Recine, will be officially installed at the Putnam County Columbus Dinner Dance Gala on Sunday, Sept. 16, at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor. In addition, a special tribute is planned for families of founding members. 

Anyone wishing to recognize any of the honorees with a congratulatory message in the club’s 90th Anniversary Commemorative Journal or wishing to attend the Columbus Gala Dinner Dance, visit the website italianamericanclubofmahopac.org or call 845-628-1641. Journal ads and dinner dance tickets can now be purchased online.