Italian-American Festival to benefit SCS and Community Cultural Arts

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The sponsors of the annual Southington Italian-American Festival have selected Community Services and Southington Community Cultural Arts to be the recipients of proceeds from the festival. The festival, sponsored by the Sons of Italy and Southington UNICO, will take place July 24 to July 26 on Center Street.

“The Sons of Italy is proud to contribute proceeds from the festival that are in line with those charities that we contribute to on a year-round basis,” Sons of Italy festival coordinator Bob Triano said in a festival release.

UNICO festival coordinator Joe LaPorte noted in the release that the festival has supported many different local charitable organizations over the years, such as Bread for Life, STEPS, Southington YMCA and the SHS Robotics Team.

“We have donated to Southington Community Services in the past and continue to feel that assistance to our local food pantry, which also provides support services to residents, is a worthy cause,” LaPorte said in the release.  “We also believe it is important to acknowledge the work of Southington Community Cultural Arts, which is bringing attention to the benefits of the visual and performing arts by transforming the Gura Building into an arts center.”

This year marks the 11th season of the Italian-American Festival in Southington, which promotes and supports Italian heritage and culture in the community.  The event will consist of food tents and booths featuring diverse offerings, live entertainment, a homemade wine contest, an outdoor Italian mass followed by a procession with the statue of the Virgin Mary, a children’s carnival and more.

For more information, contact Joe LaPorte at (860) 628-2227 or Bob Triano at (860) 621-6528.

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