Filitalia International 2014 Gala Honorees: Consul General Dr. Canepari, Dr. Jerry and Lucille Francesco, Mr. Antonio Carafa
Bensalem, PA - With four honorees, a capital campaign to help support the history of Italian immigration museum and around 200 participants, the annual Gala of Filitalia International, which took place on Sunday November 16, has been a successful celebration of the Italian language and culture. The event was opened with remarks from the Founder and President Emeritus of Filitalia International, Dr. Pasquale Nestico, and the President of Filitalia International Rosetta Miriello.
Consul General Canepari has been honored with 2014 Filitalia International Citizenship Award because of his strong commitment to the preservation of the Italian language and culture. "The Italian community of Philadelphia, one of the biggest in the United States, played and still plays a fundamental role to strengthen ties between the United States and Italy: I'm honored to be awarded the Citizenship Award of Filitalia International" Consul Canepari said after receiving his award by the President of prestigious Union League of Philadelphia, Frank Giordano.
Dr. Jerry and Lucille Francesco, awarded with 2014 Filitalia International Humanitarian Award of Filitalia International, are members of the Executive Leadership Cabinet of World Meeting of Families 2015 which is organizing the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia, one of the most beloved public figures in Italy. "We have done nothing special than live and work following the principles of the Catholic Church and the Holy Bible" Mrs. Lucille Francesco said after she was awarded by the Chair of Fundraising Committee of Filitalia International, Paula DeSanctis Bonavitacola.
Mr. Antonio Carafa has been awarded with 2014 Filitalia International Leadership and Education Award because of his commitment to the conservation of the Italian culture in Philadelphia as the President of Società San Giorgio Montecifone. "I am grateful to my wife Graziella and to my brother Ricky, my best friends. I am proud to be a part of the Filitalia International family, and I am proud to be Italian too" Mr. Carafa stated.