Honor and Hope Gala 2019

28 Apr 2019 Posted by sylvianeczkaLekudeczka in News

Saturday, April 28 
Medinah Shrine Center
550 Shriners Dr, Addison
Tickets are $125 per person
Open Bar | Hors d’Oeuvres | Seven-Course Dinner | Dancing | Sweet Table

On the occasion of our 20th anniversary,
we invite the community to join us in


In the two decades since its founding, the Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization has created a remarkable legacy of giving. Each year, the group provides hundreds of needy families with full Thanksgiving meals, presents tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to college-bound students and bestows tens of thousands of dollars more upon veterans in need and other worthy causes.

“None of what we do would be possible without the involvement and support of our members,” says CIACO president Bob Urbinati. “That’s why we decided to present our Humanitarian of the Year Award in memory of deceased members at this year’s gala.”

Members are the lifeblood of every organization, and when a member passes away, a part of the organization passes with him. As we gather on April 27 to celebrate our 20th anniversary, the Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization will dedicate our Honor & Hope Gala to the memory of those members who have gone before us. Theirs are the shoulders on which we stand as we reach for the stars.

That honor roll includes:




Honor & Hope

Each year at our Honor & Hope gala, CIACO makes sizable donations to veterans in need and other worthy cases in addition to bestowing more than a dozen scholarships. Your ticket purchases and other donations make this remarkable level of generosity possible. We encourage you to attend our event and support our efforts.

Annual Scholarship Awards

CIACO will also present 15 deserving students each with a $2,500 scholarship and over $30,000 in Special Donations.


Golf Outing 2018

09 Aug 2018 Posted by sylvianeczkaLekudeczka in News

August 9, 2018
Bloomingdale Golf Club
181 Glen Ellyn Rd, Bloomingdale

Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization Cordially Invites you to a Day of Fun and Fundraising at our Annual Golf Outing.

Honor and Hope Gala 2018

28 Apr 2018 Posted by sylvianeczkaLekudeczka in News

Saturday, April 28
Medinah Shrine Center
550 Shriners Dr, Addison

The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization is proud to honor Remo Turano as our 2018 Humanitarian of the Year.

As a boy, Remo Turano helped out in his family’s bakery business. As a young adult, he instilled knowledge as a classroom teacher. As a young husband, he circled back to the family business, branching out into sweets and pastries.

He has been particularly generous in his support of the needy through the Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization, says board member Tom Reboletti. For that, CIACO is presenting Remo Turano with its highest honor.

“The selection committee made their decision based on Remo’s continued support of CIACO and the Italian-American community,” says the organization’s president, Robert Urbinati. “Remo was selected and graciously accepted to receive the Dominic Saverino Humanitarian of the Year Award at this year’s Honor & Hope Banquet on April 28.” “Every time you need something, Remo doesn’t hesitate to contribute,” Reboletti adds.

Turano hastens to point out that other CIACO members share the trait of generosity. “I’ve known most of these guys a long time and they’re wonderful people,” he says. “They’re all givers. They’re all good guys.” Most of them also share an Italian heritage, which for Turano started in Calabria. Turano’s parents, Attilio and Giosina, came from Castrolibero, near Cosenza, in 1956 when he was 4 years old. He earned a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University, and taught high school and special needs students in Leyden Township. “Teaching was a passion of mine at the time,” Turano recalls. “Then I got married and rejoined the family business.” He recalls working in the business when he was only 8 or 9 years old, helping his uncle Mariano, his father’s brother, deliver loaves of bread house-to-house out of his station wagon or van. Sometimes he would go with Mariano’s sons, Remo’s first cousins, Renato and Tony. It was a large family: Remo’s father had three brothers in the Chicago area and two more brothers and two sisters in Italy.

“The selection committee made their decision based on Remo’s continued support of CIACO and the Italian-American community.”

When Remo rejoined the business as an adult, he concentrated on sweets and pastries, watching and learning from bakery employees who had emigrated from Sicily. By 2008, Turano and his brothers, Egidio and Marco, spun off the sweets end of the operations into a separate entity, which they called Chicago Pastry. “We’re still together as a family, and we share a lot of the same information,” he explains. “I wanted to go my own way with Chicago Pastry, but we’re still involved as sister companies.” In addition to his work, Turano has given back by serving on the board of Calabresi in America Organization and as chair of the Bloomingdale Business and Cultural Development Committee. Turano and his wife, Janette, have three children. Peter and Jenna work with their father at Chicago Pastry, with Peter overseeing sales and Jenna handling retail, social media and the website. Another son, James, works in the banking industry. Remo has two grandchildren, Matthew and Noelle.

Remo sees his charitable work as part of a grand family tradition. “I want to be involved with organizations that are doing charitable work, and I want to teach that to my kids, too,” he says. “I learned that from Turano Baking — from all the charities we contributed to.”

CIACO raises funds mainly through two annual events: a gala and a golf outing. It awards $2,500 scholarships to 15 to 18 students annually. It also awards funds to the families of veterans going through challenges, as well as other needy families. At Thanksgiving nears each year, CIACO distributes about 600 baskets of food to families in need.


Golf Outing 2017

10 Aug 2017 Posted by sylvianeczkaLekudeczka in News

August 10
Bloomingdale Golf Club
181 Glen Ellyn Rd, Bloomingdale

Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization Cordially Invites you to a Day of Fun and Fundraising at our Annual Golf Outing.

Golf, delicious luncheon buffet, cart beverages and fruit cart on course, goodie bag for each participant, fabulous buffet dinner

Putting contest and cash prizes

Registration and putting elimination

Rounds start at 9:30 a.m. sharp

$150 per golfer


9:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m. Check-In

11 a.m. Lunch

12:15 p.m. Shotgun Start

6 p.m. Dinner and Cash Bar Followed By Super Raffle

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.

Lou ScaramuzzoWith 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.

Registration and putting elimination rounds start 9:30 a.m. SHARP!


  • 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