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The Italian Cultural Center of Western Mass. will present its 2013 Serviam Award to Deacon Joseph Garde, Rocco Mesiti and state Rep. Angelo Puppolo Jr. at an awards celebration brunch at St. Anne Country Club, 781 Shoemaker Lane, Feeding Hills on Jan. 5, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.
The Serviam Award is given to individuals with Italian ethnic heritage who have devoted their lives to the betterment of society through community service and who have enhanced the Italian-American communities throughout Western Massachusetts by exemplary works.
Garde is an Italian American who has dedicated his life to the betterment of society. After four years of service in the United States Navy and upon completion of a full career at the telephone company, he began his four year training at Our Lady of Elms College to become a deacon. He has served as a deacon at Saint Catherine of Siena Church for many years and has been a tireless worker in support of the charitable works and spiritual mission of the Diocese of Springfield. His activities include assisting at Mass, delivering homilies, visiting the sick, helping retired priests, becoming an assistant to the diocesan Deaconate program as well as countless other volunteer efforts aimed at furthering the values of Christian life.
Mesiti is a wonderful example of an Italian American who has a strong commitment to sharing Italian heritage and culture. In 2011 Rocco earned his doctorate in education from the University of Hartford. He is a highly skilled communicator of his ethnic identity through his work as an adjunct professor of Italian culture at Western New England University, Central Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University and a teacher of the Italian language at Springfield Central High School and the High School of Science and Technology. He is also host of “Dolce Vita”, the Italian radio broadcast program he has hosted since 1992. As a professional disc jockey, Rocco donates his services to many charity events. He is also a writer, director and producer of film.
Puppolo set his sights on public service after having worked his way through the building trades as a journeyman, then a master plumber. He was a Springfield city councilor for 10 years and was elected president of the City Council twice. He earned his law degree at Western New England University. He is now serving in his fourth term as the state representative from the 12th Hampden District.
This event is open to the public. Reservations are required. The cost is $30 per person.
To make reservations, contact Nancy at 413-827-9350. Deadline for reservations is Dec. 20. For more information about the Italian Cultural Center call 413-784-1492 or visit its website at www.iccwm.org.