WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Orange/West Orange Chapter of UNICO National will be hosting its 43rd Annual Sports Breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. in the Tarnoff Cafeteria at West Orange High School (WOHS).

The event, which typically attracts more than 300 people, honors the “unsung heroes” from West Orange High School, Seton Hall Prep, Golda Och Academy and Orange High School and pays tribute to the late Brian Piccolo, the famed Chicago Bears running back who died of cancer at the age of 26. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $300,000 dollars and 100 percent of the money raised goes to support scholarship programs as well as other charities and local projects in the community.

The young men and women who will be honored are students at the four high schools. This year, the U10 Mountain Top League Squirt Youth Hockey team will also be recognized for winning the championship last summer, which was considered an “outstanding accomplishment” for the three-year-old program, according to Orange/West Orange UNICO members.

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This year’s keynote speaker will be former New Jersey Devil star Ken Daneyko who played his entire career (1983–2003) with the New Jersey Devils of the NHL and won three Stanley Cup championships.  Artie Miller the Magician will also be there to entertain the visitors as well as items available for raffle and sports memorabilia for review and purchase.

Corporate sponsorships are available for any local business owners wanting to support the cause. These are 100-percent tax deductible. 

Tickets for this event are available at $5 for students and $10 for adults.  Any questions can be directed to sponsorship chairman Anthony Vecchio at tonyvecchio@verizon.net.

UNICO National, founded in 1922, is the largest Italian American service organization in America, with local chapters in 22 states across the country. Its all-volunteer members work to support charitable, educational, scientific and literary causes while promoting Italian heritage and combating negative stereotyping. 

Anyone seeking membership should contact membership chairperson Mary Berger at mjberger.8850@gmail.com.  Click HERE to visit the Orange/West Orange Facebook page.