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UNICO National is proud to announce that Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman of ESPN & Sports Content, received the Special Achievement Award at the 99th Annual Convention & Awards Gala on July 30 in New Orleans. Sal Paolantonio, ESPN national correspondent, presented the award at the Gala, which celebrates Italian American heritage.  

Click here for the clip from SportsCenter

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UNICO National Convention 2022 in New Orleans

(click on this link for all the photos)

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 First Ladies Past and Current

 National President Peter Pettinato with First Lady Maggie Pettinato

Award Presentation
to Jimmy Pitaro

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           National Officers

National President Peter Pettinato announcing the Ice Breaker festivities.

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UNICO Foundation check presentation by Foundation Chair Chris DiMattio to the American Italian Cultural Center in New Orleans. 

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Geraldine Lipari Mental Health Grant was

presented to New Beginning for Tomorrow in Fairfield, New Jersey.


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REED Academy, Oakland, New Jersey was presented with a Geraldine Lipari Mental Health Grant.


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Presented to the Madeline LoRe Foundation for Cancer Research.

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Presented to Peggy's Pathways for Women's Cancer Care. 

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The Verona Chapter welcomed   new members.


The UNICO National mission is to promote the image of Italian Americans along with Italian heritage and culture by supporting charitable, scientific, cultural, educational, and literary projects.


The men and women of our many chapters across the country devote their time, energy and resources to serve their local communities. They also support UNICO National causes such as scholarships, Cooley’s Anemia, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Cancer Prevention and Research.

Founded in 1922 by Dr. Anthony P. Vastola in Waterbury, Connecticut to unite people of Italian heritage in an organization to perform charitable, patriotic and educational deeds.


UNICO’s motto is “Service Above Self”. UNICO means “unique” or “only one of its kind” in Italian and additionally, the letters represent: U-Unity, N-Neighborliness, I-Integrity, C-Charity and O-Opportunity.

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The Clark Chapter of UNICO National  

For years  seniors have played Mahjongg at the Clark Recreation Center. Clark UNICO purchased two brand new completely automated Mahjongg tables and surprised the group with some extra funds that were left from the proceeds of the UNICO Italian American Feast.

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The Keystone Chapter of UNICO National


The Keystone Chapter UNICO recently made their annual donation and performed community service at Saint Francis Kitchen.  The Kitchen provides much needed services to the hundreds of clients that that stop by for a nutritious hot meal in a safe, respectful and clean environment. 

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A huge thank you to Wethersfield UNICO for dropping off lunch for us today! It was much appreciated, especially on a day like today.

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