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.

                                                           THE GUESTS


    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     
                                                                    Maria Feragali

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)

                                 THE ENTERTAINERS

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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