UNICO raises funds for needy families

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The Granby Chapter of UNICO, America’s largest Italian-American service organization, recently inducted five new members. Pictured (from left) are Dante Boffi, Eastern Regional District Governor Brian Guarco, Chapter President Joy Marx and Mary Smoolca. Missing are new members Denice Boffi, Lori Bartoes and Kasey Grimaldi.

Members of the Granby UNICO Club traveled to Waterbury to meet UNICO’s new National President Dr. Frank Defrank and his wife Linda, along with several national officers.  Pictured (from left):  Brian Guarco (Eastern Regional District Governor), Anne Guarco, Mary Anne Guarco (chapter and district treasurer), John French, Dr. Frank Defrank, Linda DeFrank, Nancy French, Joy Marx (chapter president) and Bob Marx. 

Thanks to the many sponsors and participants in UNICO’s charity golf tournament in September at Tunxis Country Club, the club will be donating more than $10,000 in food, clothing and toys to needy families in the Granby community this holiday season. UNICO’s annual Secret Santa project will assist 19 families and 46 children, who were identified with the help of Granby’s middle school and high school principals. Geissler’s Supermarket and Bob’s Store in Simsbury are partners in this charity event.

The UNICO Club wishes to thank all volunteers and sponsors who donated to the golf fundraiser, which includes: Gold and Cart Sponsor, State Line Propane/Oil; Silver Sponsor, Windsor Federal Savings Bank; Silver Sponsor, Dei Dolori family; Dinner Sponsor, Cambridge House Brew Pub; Reception Sponsor, MLK&R; Lunch Sponsor, Dick and Mary Briggs; Putting Green Sponsor, Landmark Tours and Cruises; and Drink Ticket Sponsor, Dante Boffi Design. More than 60 other businesses and individuals donated tee signs, raffle prizes and auction items. 

The Granby UNICO Club celebrates its Italian-American heritage and welcomes all residents from the community with Italian ancestry (or have a spouse with Italian ancestry). UNICO was founded in Waterbury in 1922 and has chapters throughout the United States, including the Granby chapter that began in 2003. For information about joining Granby UNICO, please contact Membership Chairperson Rich Savino at 860-668-6260 or President Joy Marx at 413-977-6306.