MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Italian American Club of Mahopac celebrated its 90th anniversary commemorating the founding of the club in 1928 at its Gala Columbus Day Dinner Dance at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor, Sunday, Sept. 16.

The 2018 Columbus Day Grand Marshals Regina Morini and Michael Simone were installed, as well as, honorary marshals Salvatore Pascarella and Angelo Pugliese. In addition, the Miss Columbus Pageant winners were crowned, and the IAC’s 2018 charity, United for the Troops, was recognized.

The founding of the Italian American Club of Mahopac 90 years ago symbolized the commitment of immigrant ancestors to establish permanent roots in the country. The IAC is a testament to their perseverance and efforts to establish a benevolent organization to assist and support immigrant Italian neighbors in time of need.  They created a “second” family while separated from their families.

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After meeting in members’ homes for a period of time, the idea of building a clubhouse and forming an organization was born.  These first volunteers spent countless hours after work and weekends building the structure known today as The Italian American Club of Mahopac (IAC).

This anniversary year, the club commemorates the same spirit of discovery that Columbus demonstrated when crossing the Atlantic in 1492. This year has also been designated the Year of the Volunteer by our Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and the club recognizes its ancestors’ volunteer efforts to succeed by finishing construction of the club without pay, in four years. 

The community is invited to participate in all the Putnam County Columbus Festivities:  Columbus Parade, Sept. 30 at 2:30 p.m., Route 6 and Lake Casse Road; Mass and Concert, Oct. 7, at St. John the Evangelist Church. The free concert features tenors Don Felice and Teo Ricciardella who will sing traditional, folkloristic and classic selections in Italian.  Refreshments will be served afterward.

For additional information, visit italianamericanclubofmahopac.org or call Giulio Cefaloni at 845-628-1641.