The Virginius D. Mattia Memorial Committee has selected Vince LoCurcio and Dave Infusino as the winners of its 2019 Memorial Award for Distinguished Community Service. Mark Boffa, committee president and grandson of the late Dr. Mattia stated; “Each year we have the difficult task of selecting one honoree from a number of outstanding individuals and organizations who have been nominated, but there is no question that both Vince and Dave amply demonstrate the volunteer spirit that my grandfather strongly supported.” Dr. Mattia the legendary president of Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc., suffered an untimely death in 1971 at the age of forty-nine.
The committee, now in its forty-seventh year, noted both Vince and Dave’s commitment to the Township of Nutley and its residents. As owners of Nutley ShopRite, they have been the quintessential Nutley neighbors. Both Vince and Dave are involved in many civic organizations and contribute endlessly to any organization or effort that asks. Through ShopRite, they ensure that all Food Pantries are well supplied and go the extra mile to support the Nutley community. Personally, Vince is past President of the Nutley Chamber of Commerce, past board member the Nutley Red Cross Chapter, was co-chair of Nutley’s 100-year Anniversary committee, was an integral contributor to the creation of the “Nutley 100 Years” commemorative book, past Grand Marshal of the Columbus Day parade and past chair of Nutley Family Service Bureau charity ball. He remains a volunteer on the fundraising committee for the Bureau. Dave was also a past chair of Nutley Family Service Bureau Charity Ball and has served on the Board of St Joe’s Hospital.
Also being honored is Evan Harzer, winner of the 2019 Mattia Scholarship. Evan, who is an active Eagle Scout, has been involved in a vast array of volunteer activities throughout his high school years.
The award will be presented at Nanina’s-in-the-Park on Wednesday, May 1st. The $70 admission price includes an excellent selection of hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m., followed by a fine dinner at 7:00 p.m., with an open bar throughout the event. Payment may be made through Vickie O’Halloran, 25 Florence St., Nutley, NJ 07110, 973-667-7419. Inquiries may be directed to Mrs. O’Halloran or Tony Iannarone, 973-235-1065.