Nominations for Honorees to be recognized during Cleveland Italian American Heritage Month in October 2021 are being requested by the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee. The categories for nomination include: Arts & Culture, Business, City or County Employee, Individual, Public Servant, or Youth.
The date for the awards event and Italian American Heritage Month opening ceremony is Monday, October 4, 2021. Last year, the awards event was recorded and posted online due to public health restrictions banning large events. In previous years, the event took place in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda, with nearly 300 in attendance. The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee is uncertain how the ceremony will be held this year and will share details with the community as soon as they are available.
With Matt Zone’s resignation from Cleveland City Council last year, Councilmen Blaine Griffin and Mike Polensek will now serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee, along with Mayor Frank Jackson as an Honorary Co-Chair, and Pamela Dorazio Dean as Chairperson.
Happy 50th Anniversary to Ben and Diane Gentile of Middleburg Heights, OH! Ben and Diane were married June 26, 1971 at St. Leo the Great in Cleveland. The couple shares children Tom, Tracy and Jaclyn and seven grandchildren.
Happy 25th Anniversary to Dominic and Shelly (Di Vincenzo) Piunno of Highland Heights, OH! Dominic and Shelly were married July 6, 1996 at St. Claire Church in Lyndhurst. The couple shares children Isabella and Dominic.