Nine young women from several area schools were presented Saturday evening as part of the Italian-American Societies of Summit County Columbus Day Cotillion.
The event, held at Todaro’s Party Center in Akron, included flag bearers from the Kenmore Civic Club as well as a wreath presentation by the St. Monica Society.
“We are all one big Italian family,” said Rosina Puhak.
She shared a table with her husband, Patrick Puhak, Ralph and Rosetta Dalessandro, Mary Bratta and Flo Nervo. Nicoletta Milicia Bloodworth served as this year’s chairwoman.
“These young ladies of Italian descent have distinguished themselves socially and scholastically,” Bloodworth said.
Madeline Bozzelli was the honorary chairwoman, and Norm Ross served as master of ceremonies.
Vince Murdocco said, “My granddaughter was in this last year and there have been at least 10 women in our family who have participated.”
Gina and John Hart sat with Gina’s parents, Anthony and Mary Marino, along with her sister, Marilyn Latine, her niece, Mia Latine, and Marilyn’s husband, Michael Latine.
Kim and Dave Taylor drove in from Niles to support their niece, Colleen Bavaro.
Ashley Zampelli was presented with the Young Adult Service Award. Patrick Puhak, Rosina Puhak and Dennis Paonessa were the Merit Award recipients.
Allen and Charlotte Giacoma had two daughters participating, Isabelle of Kent State University and Alexandria of Coventry High School.
“It’s all about the girls tonight,” Allen Giacoma said.
“We are proud of our culture,” said Linzy Frisone. He and his wife, Mary Frisone, had three daughters and many granddaughters involved over the years.
Deborah Day, Deborah Deptuch, Gerrie Murdocco and Antoinette Ross were on the advisory committee for the event. Guests danced to the music of LaFlavour following the presentation. The debs participated in the Columbus Day parade that morning, riding in corvettes donated by the Buckeye Corvette Club.