Tuesday morning, Italian Americans from all over Southeast Michigan arrived for the annual Columbus Day celebration in Lansing. The trip is held to celebrate Christopher Columbus and the impact Italian Americans have made to Michigan and the United States.
State Rep. Pete Lucido was honored by the Columbus Day Celebration Committee and selected as the Man of the Year for his work and contributions to the Italian American community.
“This is truly an honor,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “It was a blessing to be recognized along with so many local leaders and to be able to continue this great tradition.”
The committee also honored the Moceri family as Family of the Year, Father Giuseppe Pino Licciardi as Humanitarian of the Year, Domenic Melia as Columbus Day Parade Marshal, Marilyn Borner and Pamela White as Women of the Year, and the Italian Club of Livonia. Also receiving recognition was Dr. Mike Aiello, an Italian American Cultural Society board member; Sonia Anna Basso, the Venetian Club President; Luigi Guglielmetti, the president of the Calabra Club; Maria Manca, the Console d’Italia a Detroit; Father Giulio Schiavi, Pastor of San Francesco Church; Celestina Silverio, the president of the Italian Study Group of Troy; Jerry Ruggirello, the president of the Italian Club of Livonia; and the Honorable Joe Toia, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge.
During House session, Lucido also offered a resolution naming October 2017 as Italian American Heritage Month in Michigan, which passed on a unanimous voice vote.
“I can’t wait to continue this tradition for years to come,” Lucido said.
For more information contact Rep. Lucido’s legislative office by phone at (888) MICH-REP, or by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov
Photo information: Rep. Lucido stands with (from left) Maria Manca of the Italian Consulate in Detroit, his wife Ann Marie, Rep. Steve Marino and Ramo Salerno, Chairman of the Columbus Day Celebration in Lansing, after he is presented with the Columbus Day Celebration Committee Man of the Year award.