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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 30, 2012 Page 5 Donne 2000 Awards Eleventh Scholarship at "Festa delle Donne" Event by Rosa Giammarco Maria DiCenso (Co-Treasurer), Maria Ferrusi (Vice President), Rose Giammarco (President), Miranda Federico-DiGenova (Scholarship Committee), Victoria Ferrera (Scholarship Award Recipient), Dora Volpe (Co-Treasurer), Rita Susi (Co-Secretary), Doreen Giammarco (Co-Secretary). Donne 2000 members, along with their families and friends came together as mothers, daughters, sisters and friends to celebrate "La Festa Delle Donne", i.e., International Women's day. It is a day set aside to commemorate the women of the world that have endured injustices and fought for women's rights, which we enjoy today. The event was held at Venezia Restaurant with a delicious lunch accom- panied with dessert and Cappuccinos and Espressos by Josephine Brogna. Music was by Anna Ginnetti-Ricci who also sang some of the favorite songs. This was also the Donne 2000 Annual Scholarship fundraising event. International Women's Day is a very sig- nificant day in Italy and other European countries. The symbol of the day is the yel- low mimosa flower, an expression of women solidarity. This year the mimosas were right in bloom and were included in the center- pieces. While the men show their love for their women by giving them the mimosa, society as a whole remembers the impor- tance of women, their important contribu- tion to the betterment of our society, their sacrifices and celebrates their achieve- ments. Each year Donne 2000 awards a scholar- ship to a woman in college studying the Italian language or culture. This year's re- cipient was Victoria Ferrera from Hunting- ton, New York. Her roots stem from Calabria and Frosinone. She is a sophomore at Tufts University where she is pursuing a major in Italian Studies and International Rela- tions with a concentration in Global Health and Nutrition. She plans to study abroad at the University of Bologna this fall. Victoria truly demonstrates a diligence toward her studies and an immense interest and appreciation of her Italian culture and heritage. After the scholarship award ceremony, there were many raffles such as: long strand of fresh water pearls, onyx necklace and matching pearl earrings donated by Donne 2000. A large food basket by John Aceardi & Sons and John DePinto, wines by Hanover Wine & Spirits, Easter products, hair prod- ucts, cosmetics, espresso coffee maker, cups, lottery tickets basket, restaurant cer- tificates and many more items. Last but not least a Prosciutto di Parma, weighing over 17 lbs. donated by Peter and Michael Nobile of Peter R. Nobile Insurance Agency. It was a big hit as usual. Everyone wants to win the prosciutto! We wish to thank all of our sponsors for all their generous contributions to our Program Book and donations for our raffle. Massachusetts Grand Lodge of Sons of Italy Announces a Lecture by Professor Vincent J. Cannato The Grand Lodge, Sons of Italy is pleased to announce a visit and lecture by Asso- ciate Professor of History at UMASS Boston, Vincent J. Cannato on Monday, April 23 at the Burlington Public Library. Professor Cannato will speak on his recent pub- lication "American Passage" at 7:00 pm. Professor Cannato teaches courses on New York City history, Boston history, immigration history and twentieth-century history. He has written for numer- ous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal. The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard and The New Repub- lic. His many appointments and publications can but attest to his accomplish- ments as a gifted writer and speaker. His recent publication "American Passage" is an absorbing, well researched read. It is an exciting and most rewarding book for nearly all of us who have had Italian relatives, parents and grandparents who expe- rienced Ellis Island. In the immature immigration ex- perience of a young America the book is charged with the many personal and difficult $ @jl I00MD $ We Buy Diamonds, Gold and Silver lewelry'ClL We Buy Gold and Silver Coins j J X 345 Broadway, Revere Serving the Community for 33 Years sellgoldmass.com , Hours lO-5:30 pm every day. Saturdays until 3:30 pm trials of immigrants from around the world seeking refuge in the New World. "Vincent J. Cannato's "American Passage" is a finely honed account that encompasses both the hu- man story of the immigra- tion experience, often a sad one, and the political and bureaucratic responses." The Boston Globe This is a lecture in our continued search and pre- sentation of those persons with expertise in some as- pect of the Italian language and culture. A list of speak- ers and musicians in the Italian tradition for the past six years can be requested at morenosp@verizon.net. Many of these experts are available to speak at lodges and clubs celebrating the Italian tradition. For current Grand Lodge events please visit OSIAMA.org. This event is free and open to the public. Refresh- ments will follow. Please join us for an evening of friendship and discovery. West End Museum Happenings ... Jazz Vocalist Maureen Benson On Saturday Mareh 31, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm vocal sensation Maureen Benson is a mainstay on the busy North Shore jazz scene. A natural on stage, Maureen brings exuberance and joy to every performance, making her a favorite among audiences and fellow musicians alike. Maureen lists Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and Carmen McRae as her major musical influences. Her repertoire features Gershwin, Cole Porter, and jazz standards, with a healthy dose of blues, Latin classies and some R&B favorites for good measure. Her talent and irrepressible spirit is sure to energize. Maureen will be appearing'with: John Licata [Trombone) Dave Gold [Bass) Isaac Lit [Drums) and Garrison Fewell [Guitar). A Night of Burlesque On Friday, April 20 th the Doors of the Howard Open Again with a night of burlesque featuring the lovely Kristen Minsky along with the John Licata Sextet. Please join us for a night of burlesque with vintage cos- tumes, live music, handcrafted cocktails and appetizers. Find out why the West End is back again! For prices and further information on these events, please call (617) 610-7267. The West End Museum is located at 150 Staniford Street, Suite 7, Boston, MA 02114.