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Sparta Chapter of UNICO National Announces UNICO Community Leader of the Year William Curcio with Special Guest Speaker Joe Piscopo


The Sparta Chapter of UNICO National will hosting “A Night of Giving” fundraising dinner where they will be honoring William P. Curcio of Sparta, as the 2017 Community Leader of the Year for his 19 years of Commitment and Service to the Sparta Chapter of UNICO, living up to the UNICO motto “Service above Self and promoting Italian Heritage & Culture in the Community of Sussex County”. The event will take place on Thursday, April 6 at Lake Mohawk Country with special guest speaker, Joe Piscopo, artist, comedian and performer.

Curcio stated that he was “very honored to be selected by Sparta UNICO for this recognition.  Sussex County has been home for me and my family for almost four decades and we are pleased to assist in improving the well-being of our home county. It is truly humbling to be receiving this award.”

Mr. Curcio is the managing member of Winston Church Associates and has long been known as a pillar of the community both in business and community affairs. Bill has lived in Sparta for over 40 years with 38 of those years with his wife Marion, raising their two children Marisa & Christopher (who are now grown) and always taking the town to heart, participating in both business and community outreach to the Sparta citizen’s.

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Mr. Curcio is presently the Chair of the State of New Jersey Liquefied Petroleum Education and Safety Board, Director of the New Jersey Propane Gas Association, Board Member of the Employer Association of New Jersey, Board of Trustees of Camp Nejeda, and Committee Member of the Sussex County’s Walk for the Cure, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Mr. Curcio is retired Executive Vice President of Eastern Propane Corporation, past Chair of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, the Sussex County United Way, and the Sussex County Rail Task Force.  He is the past President of the New Jersey Propane Gas Association, the Sparta Chapter of UNICO National, and the Sparta Jaycees.  Mr. Curcio also served as Vice President of the Community Builders Association. He has served on the Board of Trustees, Sussex County Community College, the Sparta Township Board of Education, the Sparta Little League Board and was the founder of the Sussex County Junior American Legion Baseball Program. Mr. Curcio has also been the recipient of the Victor Grohman Award, Sussex County United Way, New Jersey Propane Gas Association Howard Card Safety Award, Associate of the Year, Community Builders Association, President’s Achievement Award, Sparta UNICO Top Fund Raiser Award, Northern New Jersey Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Propane Industry, Boy Scouts of America Sussex County Distinguished Citizen and past Grand Marshal for the Sparta Elk’s 4th of July Parade.

Mr. Curcio was a First Class Scout and volunteer leader for Troop 50 in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania. Bill earned the Ad Altare Dei Award and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, Apache Lodge. He received his Bachelors Degree from DeSales University and his Masters Degree from Lehigh University with post graduate education at Oxford University, College of Petroleum, MIT Alfred P. Sloan School of Business and University of Wisconsin School of Business. 

Whether he was spear heading Sparta Little League endeavors, leading Sparta Township as Town Manager, or was serving as president for the New Jersey Propane Gas Association, Bill has always been known for his community spirit and business involvement.

UNICO National is the largest Italian American service organization in the United States. Its mission is to promote the image of Italian Americans along with Italian heritage and culture by promoting and supporting charitable, scientific, cultural, educational and literary projects. UNICO Chapters across the country devote their time, energy and resources to serve their local communities.

As part of the Sparta UNICO efforts to support the local community this event will be helping to raise funds to benefit the Sussex County Food Pantry, Project Self-Sufficiency, Ginnie’s House, and Newton Medical Center Foundation.

Ken Carafello, Sparta UNCIO chapter president, expresses “On behalf of the Sparta Chapter of UNICO National, it is an honor and a privilege to have Bill as a member of our Chapter. As a Charter Member and Past President, Bill has always exemplified our motto of “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”, he has always been in the forefront helping to insure our success. Congratulations to a great UNICAN and Community leader for being chosen to receive this well deserved award”.


For additional information on attending “A Night of Giving” honoring William P. Curcio, please contact Sparta UNICO at (973) 715-5921 or


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