By TAYLOR HARTZ
Mike Fasulo, a life-long Southington resident and partner at Fasulo and Alibini CPAs, is the recipient of UNICO’s 2015 Gold Medal of Honor.
Fasulo has been a member of UNICO, the largest Italian-American organization in the country, since 1991 and served as the organization’s president in 2005.
“I cannot think of anything else I’d be more honored to get,” said Fasulo.
A prestigious honor in the Southington community, UNICO has been awarding their gold medal for 70 years. The annual award “signifies that the recipient has followed a path in life that models the ideals of UNICO, namely ‘service above self,’” said Nick Botsacos, Gold Medal Dinner Committee Chairmen.
Fasulo’s active community involvement certainly shows that he honors the ideal of service. When asked what areas of the community he was most involved in, he joked that he would have to dig out a list.
After graduating from Southington High School in 1977 and Boston College in 1981, Fasulo returned to his hometown where he founded Fasulo and Albini CPAs in 1992. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Southington Park Board, a Board of Finance member, a founding member of the Southington Drive-In committee, a parishioner at St. Thomas Church, a volunteer for the Calvanese Foundation, and has helped organize the Italian Festival since it began in 2004.
This long list makes it no surprise that UNICO recognized him for his “dedication to civic and charitable endeavors,” when selecting him as this year’s recipient.
Fasulo served on UNICO’s gold medal selection committee for several years, and said he is honored that this year, UNICO stopped inviting him to the committee’s meetings.
“Being that close to it and that involved with it, I know what it takes and what goes into the selection,” said Fasulo. “It means that much more to me to be selected because I know what the process is like.”
In his years of working closely with the award and its recipients, Fasulo said he has always viewed it as the ultimate honor in the town he is proud to be a life-long resident of.
“I’m very proud of the fact that I stayed in the town I grew up in and really had the opportunity to make a difference,” said Fasulo, happy that his educational and career endeavors led him back to Southington.
And the difference he has made, said Fasulo, all started with UNICO.
“It opened up a lot of doors and gave me a lot of opportunities,” he said of the people he has met and organizations he has interacted with because of UNICO.
These opportunities have grown to be just as much fun as they are work, he said, adding that he is always invested in his endeavors and doesn’t take his involvement in any organization lightly.
After more than two decades with UNICO, Fasulo said the most beneficial part is “seeing what comes from the work that we do and the money we raise, where it goes and what it does for the people we give it to. As proud as he is of receiving UNICO’s most esteemed honor, Fasulo said that seeing results of the work he and his fellow community members put into his hometown is the most gratifying reward.
Tickets cost $55 and are still available for the dinner. They are available for purchase at Fasulo & Albini CPAs at 16 Cornerstone Ct., Suite 4, in Plantsville; at Verizon Wireless at 750 Queen Street; or at Southington Insurance Center at 85 Liberty St.
The evening will begin at 6:15 p.m. with cocktails, followed by introductions and a five-course surf and turf dinner. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m.