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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 15, 2011 DONNE 2000 AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP AT "Festa delle Donne" Brunch by Rosa Giammarco From left to right: Lisa Gentile, Doreen Giammarco: co-secretary, Tess Bonoli: Donne 2000 Scholarship Recipient, Miranda Federico-DiGenova, Rosa Giammarco: president, Rita Susi: co-secretary. Front row: Gracy and Jenna Giammarco, the future directors of Donne 2000. On March 13, 2011, Donne 2000 group of over 140 ladies of all ages came together as mothers, daughters, sisters and friends to celebrate International Women's Day, a day set aside to commem- orate the women of the world that have endured in- justices and have fought for women's rights which we enjoy today. The event was held at Venezia's Restau- rant. The exquisite brunch began with a Mimosa toast to honor women from the past, present and future by saying "Evvive le Donne". A scrumptious and very beau- tifully decorated strawberry short-cake was made by Modern Pastry and was accompanied by cappuccinos and espressos. It was also the annual scholarship fundraising event. International Women's Day is a very significant day in Italy and other European countries. The symbol of the day is the yellow mimosa flower, an expression of women solidarity. While men show their love for their women by giving them the mimosa, society as a whole remembers the importance of women, their important contribution to the better- ment of our society, their sacrifices and celebrates their achievements. Each year Donne 2000 awards a scholarship to a woman in college study- ing Italian language or cul- ture. This year's scholarship awardee is Tess Bonoli from Cape Cod, MA. She is a jun- ior at Tufts University triple majoring in Italian, Classi- cal Studies and Latin with a minor in Roman Archaeol- ogy. She truly demonstrates the desire to preserve our Italian heritage. We wish her good luck in her studies in Florence this summer. There were many raffle items such as a double strand of fresh water pearls donated by Donne 2000, gift baskets, gift certificates, li- queurs and wines. A Pro- sciutto di Parma was donated by Peter and Michael Nobile. We wish to thank all our sponsors for all their gener- ous contributions to our Pro- gram Book and donations for our raffle. EAST BOSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE $10,000 - Dinner THURSDAY MAY 19, 201 i COCKTAILS AT 6:00PM - DINNER & DRAWING AT 7:00PM HYATr HARBORSIDE AT LOGAN AIRPORT Come enjoy arguably the most exciting annual event the East Boston community has to offerl The evening will feature a lavish multi- course surf and turf dinner, complimentary beverages all night, $10,000 Grand Prize Drawing, auctions, raffles and tons of fun and prizes for guests. Grand Prize Drawing tickets are 8100 each, and dinner tickets are 050 per person. A maximum of 225 Grand Prize Drawing tickets will be sold. You may join us for dinner without pur- chasing a drawing ticket, but participating in the Grand Prize Drawing will certainly add excitement to your evening! You don't have to play alone -- you can split a Grand Prize Drawing ticket with as few or as many family members, friends, or coworkers as you'd like! You may also participate in the drawing without being present at the dinner itself. *Donate a raffle prize or auction item valued $25 and up -- gift certificates and gift cards, sports tickets or even cash! -- and gain promotion for your businessl* Tickets are available nowl For further information, to purchase tickets, or to do- nate a prize or auction item, please call 617- 569-5000. Restored "Leopard" Comes to.Boston It has all the element of a masterpiece: Three of the most popular and charming actors of their time, a direc- tor with vision and a mania- cal attention to details, no shortage of props and extras, a compelling family saga against the backdrop of world-changing historical events, and finally like all masterpieces worthy of the name it brilliantly with- stands the test of time. Almost a half a century after this film first came out, II Gattopardo 'The Lepoard' by Stefano Salimbeni looks, and feels, just as good as new. Thanks to its preservation and digital remastering by the Martin Scorsese foundation and Gucci, director Luchino Visconti's 1963 cinematic rendition of the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa about a Sicilian nobleman {played by Burt Lancaster) who tries to pre- vent his family - and his so- cial class ,- to crumble un- der the pressure of Italy's unification still dispenses awe and enchantment, DIVORCE CRIMINAL LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAy GENERAL PRACTICE OF LA W WILLS * ESTATE PLANNING * TRUSTS PERSONAL INJURY * WORKERSCOMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 giving viewers old and new, far and near, a chance to reflect upon past and present Italy. Among them was the sold out crowd at the Coolidge Corner theater -- also recently restored to its art-deco charm -- which responded enthusiastically to a not so easy 150 th Italian anniversary-related "call to arms" -- a three and a half hour long movie on a Monday night. Despite its length, the movie is a perfect choice to reflect upon or to discover altogether some of the key events which triggered and determined Italian unifica- tion. The fact that it was per- sonally presented by Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli and the pleasant intermis- sion with free 'Prosecco' {Italian sparkling wine) did the rest, transforming the viewing of the capolavoro into a pleasant, Italian social event. The Palm Basket by Bennett Molinari Recently we volunteered to help put into order a backroom at Sacred Heart Church. Things had gathered in it through the years that needed to be sorted, cleaned and made right for use once more. On a shelf behind some dusty cartons was part of an old basket woven out of palms, we remembered it as one of several woven baskets crafted by someone in the North End that decorated Sacred Heart's altar every Palm Sunday. It was decades ago since they were last used, yet, somehow, part of the basket survived. The discovery of the bas- ket brought back memories of Palm Sundays long ago and the traditions associated with it many of which we continue to practice. The most vivid of these memo- ries was the tradition of ex- changing palms as a sign of peace. The moment we ar- rived home from Palm Sun- day Mass, Dad would begin the process of exchanging palms first between he and Morn then among the chil- dren who had to exchange palms among themselves. If there was a moment's hesi- tancy in the process, be- cause of some unsettled dis- pute, Dad would spot it, it only took a disapproving look from him, to settle the dis- pute and make the palms flow freely. The tradition of taking palms to the cemetery to place on the grave of a loved one is still practiced but it seems to have been more widely practiced in the past. Grandma had placed a mag- nificent statue of the Sacred Heart as a headstone on Grandpa's grave, during Holy Week we would make it out to the cemetery with palms, watering cans and gerani- ums, we were not only bringing palms to Grandpa, we were going to clean up and Richard Molinari the grave site and plant it with fresh flowers making it ready for Memorial day. Everything was packed into shopping bags; if we could not get a ride to the cem- etery we would make the trip by subway to "Forest Hills and then the trek up Walk Hill to Saint Michael's. Grandma would insist that we tie a palm around the wrist of the Sacred Heart, only once did a palm survive the year, remaining on the wrist of the statue till replaced the following year. We would then replace the palms anchored into the large urns on either side of the statue. Once the grave site was cleaned and re- planted came the next ritual, what does one do with old blessed palms; they are a sacramental and should be discarded properly. Grandma worked it all out many years earlier; we would simply bury them just behind the gravestone. Anyone walking through the cemetery would have wondered at what we were doing, we must have looked like grave robbers, but at the time we never gave appearances a thought, it just seemed to be the right thing to do. It is amazing how the chance discovery of some object from our past can trig- ger memories, for some rea- son those associated with Palm Sunday and Easter seem particularly vivid. We all value our memories and cherish them, they seem to grow more precious with time, sometimes they bring a tear to our eyes but often they can be quite amusing as you think to yourself, did we really do that? One last thing, we did not bury the old palm basket behind grandpa's stone, but it would have been fun to revisit that tradition, grandma would have approved. "Girl" Friends of the North End Saturday evening, September 10, 2011, all present and former North Enders are invited to attend the First Annual "GIRL"-FRIENDS OF THE NORTH END. To renew old acquaintances in addition to good food and good cheer at St. John's School Hall, Moon Street, North End. For further information, please contact: Frani (Capodilupo) Gannon at 617-742-6912; Carol (Langone) Catanzaro at 617-283-1925; and Christina Penta at 617-227-9568. Come see our unique gift ideas Jackie Kennedy's Grand Tour Earrings Ginger Rogers' Amethyst Delight FILTHY RICH" OF BOSTCn' WORLD FAMOUS CELEBRITY REPLICAS