SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Chapter of UNICO National will celebrate its 75th anniversary at the Diamond Jubilee taking place at the Aqua Turf Club on Sept. 13
The celebration will be held at 6 p.m. at the banquet facility at 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville. The event will feature food, music, open bar and prizes.
Southington UNICO was formed in 1944. Its 28 founding members embraced three objectives: service to community, promoting Italian heritage and supporting charitable projects. They also adopted the organization’s motto of “Service Above Self.”
UNICO, translated into Italian, means “unique.” Its letters are an acronym standing for unity, neighborliness, integrity, charity, and opportunity.
“Italian Americans have a rich history in Southington,” said UNICO President Sharon Williams. “The true spirit of the organization is represented by generations of members that offer their time, talent and generosity to advance our town. The Diamond Jubilee will be a big celebration of a rich, impactful history of giving back to our community.”
The chapter’s annual fundraisers include the John L. “Jiggs” DiCaprio Memorial Golf Tournament; partnering in the Southington Italian American Festival, Big Breakfast, Italian dinners and Notte di Amore (Night of Love); and participation in the Apple Harvest Festival.
These efforts enable UNICO to distribute $30,000 annually to charitable organizations including Southington Community Services, Bread for Life, the Southington YMCA Campership program, Southington United Way, Southington High School’s Unified Sports and Theater, Southington High School’s scholarship program and the Gold Medal Dinner, as well as supporting children with Cooley’s anemia, which affects people of Mediterranean descent.
Dr. Anthony P. Vastola started the first UNICO chapter in 1922 in Waterbury to unite people of Italian heritage and provide services benefiting the community. UNICO has over 5,500 members nationwide.
Each year, UNICO Foundation, UNICO National and chapters across the country donate approximately $1 million to charity. It is the largest Italian American service organization in the United States.
Tickets to the Diamond Jubilee are $75 and can be purchased at Fasulo and Albini, CPAs, in Plantsville, or by contacting any Southington UNICO member.
For more information, visit southingtonunico.org.