MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Italian American Club of Mahopac held its annual Installation of Officers and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Vittoria Z’s on the Lake in Jefferson Valley.

President Giulio Cefaloni hosted the event and Judge James Reitz presided over the swearing-in ceremony. 

A slideshow of the 2018 Year in Review, prepared by Social Media Secretary Nick Scafidi, highlighted the many events sponsored by the club, including the Putnam County Columbus Day parade, Evening in the Piazza, the homemade wine making tasting and competition, Miss Columbus Pageant, high school scholarships, and children’s Christmas party. 

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In particular, 2018 commemorated the 90th anniversary of the Italian American Club and spotlighted the Columbus Dinner Dance held at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor. The anniversary celebration, attended by almost 200 community and club members and dignitaries, recognized founding families and their volunteer efforts and vision in building the club. The club chose United for the Troops as its 2018 charity and raised $9,200 through fundraising and donations.

The officers installed were Giulio Cefaloni (president), Joseph Fierro (vice president), Cheryl Comitto (recording secretary), Linda Cefaloni (corresponding secretary), Nick Scafidi (social media secretary), Charles DiMaggio (treasurer), Josephine Fierro (financial secretary) and Alfonso Santaniello (sergeant-at-arms). The board of directors comprises Luigi Cefaloni, Domenic Bauco, Artie DeFeo, Nunzio Recine, Frank Salubro, Frank Giordano and Joseph Zeolla.

Frank Lombardi was sworn in as legal counsel for the IAC and Judge James Reitz was sworn in as advocate. 

The evening was filled with delicious food and elegant and festive décor provided by the Zegarelli family, as well as music, dancing and raffles. Community members interested in learning more about the Italian American Club of Mahopac or joining can go to