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Honor and Hope Gala 2017

29 Apr 2017 Posted by sylvianeczkaLekudeczka in News

Saturday, April 29
Medinah Shriners
550 Shriners Drive, Addison

Charitable Donations and Academic Scholarship Award’s Banquet
Dominic Saverino Humanitarian Award Recipient:  Lou Scaramuzzo

The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization was proud to honor Louis Scaramuzzo as our 2017 Humanitarian of the Year. A top performer in the luxury automobile market for three decades, Lou pours his heart and soul into every aspect of his life.

With paternal grandparents Louis and Immaculata Scaramuzzo hailing from Caserta near Naples, and maternal grandparents Carmelo and Rosina Termine emigrating from Marsala in Sicily, Lou’s Italian roots run deep. The oldest of Peter and Mary Scaramuzzo’s four children, Lou was born in Chicago and raised in Oak Lawn. “My parents grew up on Taylor Street and they instilled in me the old-neighborhood values of working hard and treating people with respect,” he explains. Lou and his siblings — Rosemarie, Mark, Carl — share fond memories of an Italian upbringing filled with family and tradition.

“My maternal grandmother lived with us and my paternal grandparents lived nearby,” he fondly recalls. “We’d gather every Sunday and on holidays for big family meals where we kept our Italian customs alive.”

A graduate of Brother Rice High School, Lou spent the first 20 years of his professional career in wholesale liquor distribution. But when the industry began to consolidate in the late 1980s, it was time for a change.” A dear friend of mine who has spent his entire career in auto sales, Dominic Pugliani, convinced me that I had a brighter future there,” Lou recalls. “I made the switch and I couldn’t be happier.”

For Lou, auto sales is more than a just a profession. “With the automobile being the second largest purchase that most people make, you end up developing more than just loyal customers. Many of the them become good friends,” he explains. “My job is to make sure that they have the right car for the right price and to be there to answer all their questions, both before and after the sale.”

During a storied career in both sales and management, Lou earned the trust and respect of customers, fellow salespeople and management alike. He earned the title of Master Manager for several years running during his tenure at a local Cadillac dealership. He served on an elite team from across the nation that met quarterly to advise corporate leadership. Five years of sales experience at Mercedes-Benz dealerships followed, culminating in his current position at Mercedes-Benz of St. Charles. “This is more than a new opportunity for me,” Lou says. “It feels like I’ve come home.”

A member of CIACO since 2003 and a board member since 2006, Lou has been a driving force in the organization. He served as secretary as well as second and first vice president, and recently completed a seven-year stint as president. “My good friend Tom Reboletti invited me to join the organization,” Lou explains. “I saw the good they were doing and the opportunity they offered to give back to the community and celebrate my Italian heritage. It was a perfect fit.”

Lou is also passionately involved in the Chicago West Suburban Chapter of UNICO National. “Both groups are like extended families for me,” he shares. “There’s a brotherhood and a camaraderie there that can’t be beat. With all of his professional and philanthropic accomplishments, Lou is most proud of the family he has created with his children Carla, Peter and Laura; his grandchildren Sydney, Isabella, Kylie, Sophia, Courtney, Joseph, Isla and Declan; and his life partner, Linda Gagliano. “I’m proud to have been able to raise my children as a single parent and I’m so grateful to have Linda in my life,” he says. “I’m lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful people and so much love.”

Anthony Alfano

My son Anthony was born premature at 24 weeks weighing just over one pound. He was an identical twin, but his brother Angelo passed away after 67 days. Anthony had a grade 4 brain bleed that was discovered at about a week old. This has lead to him having Cerebral Palsy, auditory neuropathy and other developmental delays. Anthony cannot walk or talk and is in a wheelchair, but he has a smile that could light up a room and an even bigger personality.

Brian Krull

Brian was a Barrington Firefighter for 19 ½ years. And had three deployments as a medic in the U.S. Navy. Brian has 14 years of military service and has recently been diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, a lung disease. He is currently not receiving any financial assistance and was medically discharged from the military. Brian is currently on unpaid leave from the fire department and no longer receives medical insurance from the Village of Barrington. Brian’s wife Maria started working minimum wage job to get the medical coverage they need. Almost all of her salary goes to cover the cost of their insurance. Brian has continued to try to find work but with his degraded lung capacity he cannot perform vigorous activity and tires easily. Brian’s condition has affected his lungs, spleen, stomach and liver. They are anticipating losing the home they raised their three boys in. Their oldest son passed away a short time ago due to brain cancer. Their middle son is currently serving in the Navy and the youngest is attending Loyola University. Fortunately Brian was able to transfer his GI Bill to his son to cover the tuition expense.

Danny Angerame

Danny and Sue Angerame were both born and raised on the Northwest side of Chicago and graduated from Holy Cross and Guerin Academies. They had 2 sons, Patrick and Timothy, who are now 24 and 23. Patrick is severly autistic. He is non-verbal, unable to use the bathroom on his own, has seizure disorder and at times, has meltdowns which lead to self-injury. For these reasons, he needs constant 24/7 care. Danny Angerame  Danny’s life motto was “Family First”, and they understood the challenges of raising a child with special needs. Sue was a stay at home mom. It was difficult with only one income, but it was important that their sons have a parent always home. Danny was a great help. He cooked meals for Patrick, calmed him when he was upset, and helped him bathe. Unfortunately, Danny’s health started to deteriorate last year and he was admitted to the hospital on Thanksgiving Day. After three weeks, Danny passed away in December, 2016. Sue is unable to work since Patrick needs constant care. However, their family and friends make up an invaluable support system that provides them with the help they need. Even with everything they’ve been through, Sue is a firm believer that God won’t give you any more than you can handle.

Honor and Hope Gala 2016

16 Apr 2016 Posted by sylvianeczkaLekudeczka in News
Saturday, April 16 • Alta Villa Banquets, Addison

Honor and Hope Banquet honored John McCallion as our 2016 Humanitarian of the Year.

We awarded fifteen $2,500 Scholarships and over $30,000 in Special Donations.

 

 

Golf Outing 2015

13 Aug 2015 Posted by Sylvia W in News
August 13 • Bloomingdale Golf Club, 181 Glen Ellyn Road, Bloomingdale, Illinois

 

A day of fun and fundraising at CIACO’s Annual Golf Outing. Golf, delicious luncheon buffet, cart, beverages and fruit cart on course, goodie bag for each participant  and foursome photo — all this for $150.

PUTTING CONTEST: 3 CASH PRIZES!
Registration and putting elimination rounds start 9:30 a.m. SHARP!

Program:

  • 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. —  Check-In
  • 11 a.m. —  Lunch
  • 12:15 p.m. —  Shotgun Start
  • 6 p.m. —  Fabulous buffet dinner
    (featuring ribs, broasted chicken and prime rib)
    and cash bar, followed by a Super Raffle with outstanding prizes

Honor and Hope Gala 2015

18 Apr 2015 Posted by Sylvia W in News
Saturday, April 18 | Alta Villa in Addison

 

We  awarded 15 scholarships of $2500 each to deserving college students based on need and academic achievement. To date, CIACO has given out over $500,000 in scholarships.

In addition, we presented donations to partially disabled veterans Tim Kathol and Austin Fritz, as well as to several families and individuals dealing with very high medical bills: the Toole family of Elmhurst, Beth Arpon of Aurora, and Brigette Zagotta of Chicago.

Friday Night Fights

27 Feb 2015 Posted by Sylvia W in News
Friday, February 27, 2015  |  Doors Open: 6 p.m.  |  First Bout: 7 p.m.
Medinah Shriners Hall  |  550 N. Shriners Drive (off Swift & Army Trail Rds) |  Addison, IL


Featuring:

•  7+ Boom Boom Amateur Bouts

•  National Anthem & Special Show by Diva Montell

•  Honey Bears Reunion Party – Meet & Greet the 1985 Super Bowl Champs Cheerleaders!

Baskets of Love 2014 

22 Nov 2014 Posted by sylvianeczkaLekudeczka in News

Dancing Under the Stars

15 Aug 2014 Posted by Sylvia W in News
Friday Night, August 15th, 2014


Celebrate Ferragosto at Casa Italia! A night of music and dancing.

6:00 PM cocktails, 7:00 family style dinner, followed by music and Italian style dancing.
Tickets: $45 per person in advance (Tickets are limited.)
Casa Italia’s Pavilion (Festival Center)
37th Ave. and Soffel

For tickets call (708) 345-5933 or purchase online at www.casaitaliachicago.org

2014 Golf Outing

11 Jun 2014 Posted by Sylvia W in News

This years’ Golf Outing is scheduled on August 14th at Bloomingdale Golf Club.

Join us and enjoy a day of golf, dinner and good spirits. Revenue from this event will contribute to our operating fund and will be used solely to further CIACO’s charitable endeavors throughout the year.