"Service Above Self"

The Largest Italian American Service Organization in the USA

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We want to thank our President Steve Pelonero for leading our UNICO group up 5th Avenue, the Columbus Day Committee of UNICO, National Officers, PNP’s, Chapters, Districts, marchers and participants who joined UNICO National on Monday October 11th for the 77th Annual Columbus Day Parade in New York City. This is UNICO National’s flagship parade and the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American heritage. It was great to be part of the first major parade to be held in New York City since the pandemic. We were thrilled to be back together to celebrate! UNICO received outstanding television coverage and we hope it was a very memorable day for all. 

Please click on this link to view ABC TV coverage of UNICO - https://youtu.be/Qt5CMYMP1GE


I could not have been prouder to be your Columbus Day Chair.


“Sempre Avanti” Cav. Ralph A Contini, UNICO National 1st VP & Columbus Day Chair

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Landmark Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed by Major Italian American Organizations in a Show of National Unity

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Italian Heritage Hockey Night with the New Jersey Devils

UNICO is once again the main sponsor for the New Jersey Devils Italian Heritage Hockey Night. Join President Steve Pelonero and other fellow Unicans for a fun night. The price is $62 and includes the ticket, all fees, a $20 food or drink voucher, welcome gift, and a post game group picture on the ice. Order tickets directly by clicking this link.


The UNICO Foundation presented a check in the amount of $20,000 to the Cooley's Anemia Foundation.

In the photo are: Dr. Peter Pettinato (past UNICO Cooley's Anemia Chair and current UNICO Executive VP, UNICO National President Steven Pelonero, Joseph Vigliotti and his son Anthony Joseph from the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, and PNP Frank Tidona (UNICO Foundation Cooley's Anemia Chairman)

Returning to Service

UNICO Chapters are starting to safely meet in person after several months. Here is the Pequannock, New Jersey chapter meeting outdoors.

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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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.


Montville NJ UNICO donated $3,000 in restaurant  gift cards to the outreach program and food pantry of St. Peter's Church to help feed the hungry in this time of need.