Taste of Italy Night October 2014
Posted on: Saturday, 25 October 2014 at 2:39:58 PM
Over 150 people were treated to a night of Italian hospitality, passion, food and music at Geraldton’s Catholic Centre in support of the restoration of St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral last Saturday night.
For over a hundred years, the Italian community has been an important and integral part of the Catholic community of Geraldton, including the construction of the Cathedral.
Diners lost count of the courses of home-made Italian specialities such as pasta of all descriptions, pizza, spit roasted lamb, capped off with torte and tiramisu.
The evening commenced with music provided by the Geraldton Choral Society and the Geraldton Catholic Youth Group.
These were followed by Geraldton born vocalists Trish Di Giovanni and Margaret Merendino, who were accompanied by talented Italian keyboard, accordion and guitar players Pat Reale, Sam Pizzata and Nunzio Mondia from Perth.
A surprise highlight was a duet by Bishop Justin Bianchini and Trish Di Giovanni.
Auctions of art pieces by artists Michael Vandeleur and Matthew Grigsby got the crowd excited along with crayfish raffles and door prizes.
The night was capped off with the drawing of a Toyota Rav4 donated by Rob Houwen of Geraldton Toyota and won by Darren Lee. Second Prize of $500 was won by Tyronne Fernando and 3rd Prize of $100 went to Chris Rafanelli.
Barry and Kate McConkey Claire and Chris Watt Carole &Tom Buckley& Mary Anne Berry
Judy and John Norton Laarni Maddison, Eugene Burkett, Espie Edwardes Michelle Barley, Jane Rowe
Peg and Bert Lennane Barry & Nancy Stone, Lyn & John Mueller Glenys Ullrich & Pamela Wilson
Jan Scally, Karen & Patrick Matthews Katherine & Richard Free Maureen Bone, Kevin Dean & Charmaine
Louise & Rob Houwen David & Geoff Barrett Wayne Bailey & Bishop Justin
Maria De Maio, Anna Merendino & Angie Fondacaro, Assunta Armanasco & The Wait Staff
Peter Fiorenza (MC) & The Bar Staff Cooking the Lamb
Louise Oliveri (Coordinator)
Stewart Whiteaker The Raffle Draw (Peter Fiorenza, The Art Auction (Warren Kalajzich)
Rob Houwen, Gerry Eastman)
Trish di Giovanni & Bishop Justin Sam Pizzata & Pat Reale Nunzio Mondia
Chris Clune & The Choral Society The Youth Band Margaret Merendino
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