EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Prominent Eastchester residents will be honored by the Columbus Day Committee of Eastchester and Tuckahoe at the organization’s ninth annual scholarship dinner.
Dominic Cesarini, the owner of the Quarry Restaurant in Tuckahoe, will be honored as the Man of the Year. The DiRienzo family, which has lived in town for several decades will be awarded the Family Legacy Tribute, while Allison Ciamarra will be crowned Miss Columbus 2013.
Cesarini is a supporter of various organizations in the village and is an active fundraiser for several clubs. Several times each year, he holds “back-to-charity” events, where a percentage of the day’s earnings at his restaurant are donated back to the community.
The DiRienzo family will be celebrated for their long tenure in Tuckahoe. Six generations of DiRienzos have called the village home, where they are actively involved with the Assumption Church.
Carmela DiRienzo left Italy in 1894 when she was 5 years old, landing in New York. According to David Anthony Pope, the CEO of the Generoso Pope Foundation, which is primarily funding the event, said that the DiRienzos are an embodiment of the culture of Italian-Americans.
“Italian-Americans have made so many contributions to our country,” he said. “The Committee and I find it fitting to honor, on a local level, these individuals who have given so much to our village.”
Ciamarra, a senior at Eastchester High School, will receive her $10,000 scholarship from the Generoso Pope Foundation for being named Miss Columbus 2013. The scholarship recognizes her commitment to the Italian culture and is a tribute to her academic and extracurricular accomplishments, Pope added.
“The Italian culture is one of refinement, in music, the arts and in its lyrical language. Italians are a refined, gentle people, and I believe the committee’s selection of Allison celebrates the great heritage of Italian American women in our country. We are proud to have her represent the beauty and dignity of our Italian culture.”
Tickets are still being sold for the scholarship dinner, which will be held on Oct. 4 at the Fountainhead in New Rochelle. Tickets are $125 in person or $110 in advance and can be reserved by contacting Mario Annuziata at (914) 879-2523.