The Somers Education Foundation's (SEF) Blackjack Ball, which was originally scheduled from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 23, has been postponed due to an anticipated snowstorm and will now take place on Saturday, March 19, at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac.
At this fun night of casino gaming, dinner, cocktails and dancing, the foundation will honor Bob Antonucci, Teresa Lombardi and Paul Saia for their contributions
to the school community. For more information and to reserve your seats, visit sefny.org/casino.
The following information on the honorees was provided by SEF:
Bob Antonucci, born in the Bronx, has been a Somers resident since age 12, making him a near lifelong “Tusker.” He is a graduate of Somers High School and Pace University. Antonucci was a Somers teacher for 31 years, first spending 15 years teaching fourth grade at Somers Intermediate School and then 16 years teaching sixth grade math at Somers Middle School. Antonucci retired from teaching in 2005, but still works selling custom sports apparel and corporate promotional products. In addition to teaching, Antonucci also has had a long and distinguished career as a coach in football, softball and baseball for nearly 40 years.
Today he still serves as Somers High School junior varsity football head coach and assistant freshman football coach, and is the public address announcer at varsity home games. He also served as the varsity girls softball coach from 1999-2013, and as commissioner of SYSA Girls Softball from 1994-2008, also coaching in-town and travel programs during those years.
Antonucci has been very involved in the Somers Lions Club since 2001, serving as president in 2007-08 and remains a member of the Board of Directors. A winner of the Melvin Jones Award for his service to the organization, he has also chaired the annual town Pancake Breakfast since 2012. He also served as president of the Somers High School Booster Club for many years.
He and his wife, Jan, a fellow Somers teacher for 42 years, have been married 40 years and have two daughters, Jaclyn and Robyn, who are also teachers.
Teresa Lombardi was born and raised in Yonkers by parents who emigrated from Italy and ingrained in her the importance of hard work and giving back to the community, which she has continually demonstrated. She graduated from Iona College with a degree in marketing and worked at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank for 16 years, based in the Bronx. While at Chase, she organized the Annual Global Days of Services for all Bronx branches. She also regularly spent time after work volunteering in the soup kitchen at St. Peter’s Church in Port Chester.
After moving to Somers, she also became a Eucharistic Minister for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Shrub Oak and brought the Holy Eucharist to the homebound for five years. She also became a Cub Scout leader for her son’s troop and began serving the school community in many ways, most notably through PTA positions.
Lombardi chaired the Somers Intermediate School field days, served as recording secretary for the PTA Council and was on the hospitality committee. More recently, she has been heavily involved with the Somers High School Booster Club and the Somers Touchdown Club, and has served as a team manager and participant in the annual Somers Relay for Life event.
In February 2012, she became a parent mentor for the young men who started Let’s Play it Forward, an organization that collects gently used sports equipment and donates it to children and organizations in need around the world. Lombardi is also a volunteer at the Katonah Community Center and was very involved in Superstorm Sandy relief efforts in Staten Island and Long Beach.
She is married to Dino Lombardi and they have two sons, John and Anthony.
Paul Saia has certainly left his mark on Somers children as a teacher and coach for more than 30 years. He moved to Somers as a young boy and graduated from Somers High School in 1976, where he was an honor student and played soccer, basketball and baseball. He then went on to earn science degrees at the University of Buffalo and SUNY New Paltz.
Saia then began his teaching career in Pawling, returned to Somers High School in 1985 and has been there ever since, teaching biology, A.P. biology, chemistry, contemporary issues in science and physical science. He created and began the A.P. biology program in 1988. He coached the Academic Challenge team for five years. In 1997, the team placed fifth in a national competition.
Saia is widely known for his 38-season coaching career at the high school, in which he has coached baseball, softball and both boys and girls soccer and basketball. He has had success in all his coaching positions, but especially in girls soccer, where during the last 12 years the team won six Section 1 championships, three regional championships, made three trips to the state tournament and won a state championship in 2014, when it was ranked fifth in the nation. The 2015 team also had a remarkable season, extending an overall winning streak to 42 games. Saia is married to Sue Saia, also a Somers teacher, and he has three grown children--Anthony, Christina and Joe.